“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

The love of God spans the Heavens, and encompasses the earth. It is there, no matter what overtakes us, no matter how dismal our life may get; the Love of God is always there, afresh and anew. It remains firm against all oppressions and oppositions; the love of God is rock solid, and will not be moved. It stands when all else fails; it is the true master of all circumstances the strength of all prayer; the power of all good. It is the “charity” of 1 Corinthians 13.
Yes, the love of God is preeminent over all faults; all trials must succumb to His love, but we, as mere mortals, as sinful men made of dirt and clay, do not realize the full potential of His ever enduring love. To think that He would love a lump of clay is overwhelming to say the least; not only does He love us unconditionally, but He proves His love over and over again by giving. You see, giving is the proof of love. We give of ourselves when we truly love; man takes love, and holds it in his bosom, but God gives it. To be God-like we must learn to give. We must first take His love in, then give it out to others. We are takers, and He is a giver, but when His love is taken in, we too can become givers, and true lovers because it is “God-love”. “We love Him, because He first loved us” is the teaching of 1 John 4:19; if He had not loved us, we could in no way love Him. So, our love to Him is His love in us; it is everlasting love; it is able to endure all grief’s and all hardships, and to come through unscathed and stronger than ever; it is an ever increasing, all consuming love. It is His gift of love to us, and no matter what we do, or where we go, we cannot escape the love of God. True and mature love gives (this is charity), immature love expects; we do not love others for what they do, but we love them because of the love in us. Friends, Heaven is run by love.

The love of God is an armor for us. It is our defense and our hope in time of trials. You might call it the armor of God, the same as in Ephesians 6. His love envelops us and covers us with an impenetrable shield of grace. We not only hide in His great love, but we walk victoriously because of it; we bask in the glory of it, and by His grace are able to share it with others. - Marty Dunn

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