1 John 4:15-16, 21NAS
Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him…. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
To effectively love others, you must first believe God loves you.
“That’s no problem,” you might say. “I know God loves me.”
Maybe so, but according to these verses, just knowing it is not enough. We also need to believe it. To believe means “to have firm faith in something: to accept it as true, genuine, or real: to have an unshakeable conviction of its goodness and ability.”
As Christians we should have more than a mental understanding that God loves us. We should be firmly grounded in that love. We should believe it to be so good and genuine, so trustworthy and strong that it will keep us safe from harm in every situation. No matter what anyone else may say or do to us, we should rest securely in the fact that we are fully and forever loved.
Maybe that kind of confident love doesn’t come easily for you. You may think of yourself as unlovable. It so, allow the WORD of God to change how you see yourself. Fill your thoughts with the tender words of God.
Set your mind on 1 John 3:1: “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God.” Then fellowship with The Lord over the truth of these verses. Thank Him for loving you with such a great love. Praise Him for caring for you so much that He called you to be His very own child.
Agree with the WORD and begin to see yourself as the Father sees you. Acknowledge that whatever He says about you as His child is true. And since He says you are loved, choose to believe it.
As you do, you will begin to see by revelation of the Spirit that God actually is your Father and He does care for you. You will be able to say, I know and believe the love God has for me!
As a result, the love of God will become a reality in your life. You will find that God’s love is not only coming to you, it is flowing through you...and before you know it, you will be living the life of love!