(Excerpt from Love is Not an Emotion)
I have come to understand over the years—God is a good Father. He never changes. He is full of love and always dependable. In Romans 5:8, God reveals His faith in action: But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Love is not an emotion, but a decision. Perhaps the very first decision God made about us was to love us unconditionally.
It’s all because of love. 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. God’s love produces goodness. Everything good originates from love. Everything bad is a distorted, twisted form of love.
He had faith that His creation (you and me) would return to fellowship with Him. Because of love and by faith, He gave Jesus.
When we make a decision to accept Jesus, we choose by faith to accept Him, and what He’s done for us. Why should love be any different? We love God by our very act of faith—believing that He exists and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We love God by accepting that He is a good God and wants the very best for us. This takes faith. And loving others takes a daily practice to choose to love no matter what.
God’s desire for relationship is what caused Him to create man, and that same desire continues to draw us to Him by His love working in us. I am so thankful He pursued me and never gave up. First John 4:8 says, He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. It’s who and what He is. It’s His makeup—His essence— His character. So we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. Thank God He is conforming us into His image and likeness.
When Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command, their relationship with God was severed. God created them in His likeness— for their spirit to rule their mind, will, and emotions and to direct their body in what is right. Their desire for more led to the death of their spirits and to their reliance upon a physical knowledge, which meant their physical senses told them what to feel and think. The physical and natural became dominant over the spirit.
Before we accept Christ, our spirits are in that fallen-from-grace darkness.
Our spiritual senses sit in darkness allowing our physical senses to interpret our lives for us.
When we accept the sacrifice Jesus made to bring us back to God, His life and light immediately illuminate our spirits. Our revived spirits are ready to go to work; however, our physical senses have told us how to respond to everything around us for so long that we are conflicted by old habits and new abilities. That’s why Paul reminds us that we are new creatures. The old person—ruled by the physical world—dies, and we become alive in Christ to forever be led by our spirit man.
Although there are good people in the earth, the world we live in today has become extremely hostile and full of hate. The world exhibits the very nature of the god of this world, Satan. He opposes God, and wants to destroy the object of his hate—or we could say he opposes God’s love.
God’s design is to bring every man, woman and child back into fellowship with Him. As the ultimate Father, He doesn’t want to be separated from us. He loves us—no matter what!
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 John 3:16
 1 John 4:16
 2 Corinthians 5:17