In honor of Valentine’s Day, I decided to study about love this week…and then I got the flu:( But here’s what I found out so far:
New Living Translation
18 ‘The LORD is slow to anger and filled with unfailing love, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion. But he does not excuse the guilty. He lays the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.’
Deuteronomy 5: 10 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.
Exodus 15:13 In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.
Exodus 34:5 Then the LORD came down in the cloud and stood there with him and proclaimed his name, the LORD. 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin.
So, what we have here is a God who is filled with love, who lavishes unfailing love on us and on a thousand generations of those who love Him and His commands, abounding in love, maintaining love, forgiving to thousands of generations. That sounds like the best deal ever. All we have to do is obey His commands, and love Him. And we get all of that love back!
Hmm, what happened? Why did I not know of this love of God as a child and in my adult life? I read further and found that the Israelites didn’t want to go near God because they were afraid. So they sent Moses and so set the trend for not talking to God but through a priest. God said ok, I’ll give you a priest. Just put all of My word on your doorposts, on your gates, and even on your forehead, so you don’t forget. But I wonder what happens when we start only listening to what someone else says about God. When we don’t read it for ourselves. I wonder if it gets a little watered down, and we don’t even know about some parts. I don’t think my mom and dad ever read God’s word, although they were in church all the time when they grew up. I wonder what would have happened if they had read the word about how much God loved them? Maybe they would have taught me about it and I would have taught it to my kids.
Never too late to start. So I’m doing what I can now. I’m hoping to start the “thousand generations that will be loved by God”. I know that my mom and dad were very kingdom minded. They raised us to be kind, do not lie, definitely don’t kill anyone, don’t covet…you get the idea, but I had no idea that all came from God and that He loved me with abundant love.
Even though I began changing my life to line up with God’s word 20 years ago when I gave my life to Jesus, I never knew about His love.
But now I do. I can share it with everyone I know and I can receive it for myself and walk in it. So that everyone who meets me gets splashed with that. I love Kim Walker’s song “How He Loves”, on the album We Cry Out. (If you are reading this in an email and can’t see the video click here)
Wow, that’s the kind of love I want to carry around. There’s one part in the song where she says “If you’ve ever received His love you’d know it because you’d never be the same!” Isn’t that what we all want? To be so loved that we are never the same? I think you’re gonna have to watch this video and feel the love of God and never be the same.
Love you all this week. So thankful for my family, so thankful for the people of God, so thankful I know God. Today Mike is in charge of the marketplace prayer at Frank Consulting at noon. It’s been a rough week with his pain so I hope you’ll come and not only pray with him for the marketplace but also to love on Him and help to bring healing to his body.