Let Love Lead
… In Our Walk with God – Part IV
Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:13-19
Key Verse: 2 Timothy 2:13
If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is.
This week I am hoping that as I present different Scriptures, we become convinced of God’s love for us regardless of whether we serve Him well or fail in our service to Him.
Certainly, our failures must never lead to us abusing God’s love and mercy. I am convinced that the Holy Spirit corrects believers that are leaning toward laziness in their obedience to the known will of God.
I am also convinced that most believers struggle to believe in the love and mercy of God for them, especially after they fail Him.
Our Key Verse for today reminds us that when we are unfaithful, God is still faithful to us. God is never revengeful toward His children. He never gets back at us for being unfaithful to Him.
This flies in the face of our humanness, doesn’t it? If someone is unfaithful to us, especially repeatedly, we want to cut them off. It is hard for us to be so generous that we never allow someone’s unfaithfulness to affect our reactions to them. Yet God is that generous with us!
God bases His faithfulness to His followers not on our behavior but on who He is. God is love. Read 1 John 4:16-17:
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
Note the first part of the second sentence: “God is love”. We know and see the loving things that God does for us, but understand that God is more than that. His very nature prevents Him from doing anything other than loving people because He is love!
As we grasp this concept of letting love lead in our relationship with God, our own ability to love grows toward perfection. The first part of 1 John 4:17 states this clearly. This verse also reminds us that our love can grow to the point that we no longer fear the Day of Judgement, and that we can face God with confidence because of our relationship with Jesus.
Let us pray daily about letting love lead in our relationship with God. Let us ask God to help us spot moments when we are letting guilt or shame lead. Our joy and peace in the Lord are dependent on our ability to understand God’s love. As 1 John 3:1 says:
See what great love the Father has lavished on us…
Can you see His love? Can you trust His love? Will you let this love lead in your thinking about God?
Father, help me to grow in my understanding of Your love for me. Remind me not to allow the devil’s lies to rob me of my joy and peace in Jesus. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.