The two most difficult things to get straight in life are love and God. The basic and biblical Christian conviction is that the two subjects are intricately related. How to show God’s love?
If we want to deal with God the right way, we have to learn to love the right way. If we want to love the right way, we have to deal with God the right way. God and love cannot be separated.
God is absolutely in love with you, and it’s nothing you can do about it. It might be hard for you to understand it, but it is true. This is where the faith journey starts: understanding that God loves you.
There is no force more powerful than the love our heavenly Father has for us, His children. His love can move mountains, stop the roaring seas, heal broken bones and wounded hearts, transform lives, and set free those held captive by sin and shame.
So great is his love for you and me that he sent his only Son to die that we might live through him.
What is it about love, and I love you that touches every heart? God’s love is so powerful, nobody loves you like God loves you. In fact, God says, “I have loved you . . . with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love, I have drawn you to myself” (Jeremiah 31:3 NLT). Is not that so amazing, God has an everlasting and unfailing love. God even says that his love draws you to him.
One of the amazing things about showing God’s love, is that it shows our love to one another. You can tell what a woman loves by what she devotes herself too most passionately.
What a woman values most is reflected in her actions and motivations. It is plain in the Old Testament that God’s highest value, his greatest love, is his own name.
From the beginning of Israel’s history to the end of the Old Testament era God was moved by this great love. He says through Isaiah that he created Israel “for his glory” (Isaiah 43:7): “You are my servant Israel in whom I will be glorified” (Isaiah 49:3).
There is not a shortage when it comes to God’s love. God’s love is extreme. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for one another every day.
As you grow in your relationship with God, remember that He wants to meet you and escort you along every step of the journey.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. (NIV)
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How Can You Show God’s Love in Your Everyday Life?
The more we desire more of God, the easier it is to practice and live for him. I encourage you to make the effort and pray to love like God. But sharing the love of God does not have to be complicated.
“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:8-10 (ESV)
In the scripture above, God defines love for us. “This is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10 ESV).
When we study scriptures about God’s love, we find that God’s greatest demonstration of his love for us was through the sacrifice of Jesus. That sacrifice paid the penalty for our sins and made peace between us and God.
So, when thinking about how to show God’s love in your everyday life, Jesus Christ is the example.
You can show love to others every day and share the love of Jesus like God. You will never regret it. How are we to show love for God and for others? Here are six ways to show God’s love every day.
Prayer and praying for others
Prayer is powerful and allows us to connect with God and pour our hearts out to him. Because of what Jesus did over 2,000 years ago, we can have confidence that God hears our prayers.
Through prayer, we can show God’s love, by spending time praying for others. You be surprised how God’s love can strengthen others when you pray with them.
But prayers are not just about us! Jesus prayed for his disciples, and we can also pray on behalf of others. We can send blessings and prayers across the seas, to those who need it with express delivery through prayer.
Remember, God can change any heart, turning around the lives of the very worst people because of our prayers. If God has placed them in your life, you must look for the reason. Perhaps they are there because you need to learn the lesson of forgiveness and charity. Do we deserve God’s love more than they?
Reading the Bible
There are so many scriptures in the Bible on showing God’s love. When we take time to read God’s Word, we discover who God is and how powerful His love is for us and who we are.
Taking The Time to help others
When we serve and help others, we are showing God’s love as his hands and feet to the world and become more like him in the process. As we walk with God, his love should overflow out of us and into the lives of those around us.
That is why the Bible says, “And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
A Smile can go a long way in sharing God’s love
God gives all of us chances to show his love for people. Sometimes the most unlovable are the very ones who need signs of love the most. Who knows the difference a kind word or a smile can have on the life of an individual who is rude or who is abusive?
The most difficult people to deal with are often the very people who need our love and kindness the most. The angry neighbor or coworker can be turned around by being treated with respect and love, regardless of their behavior.
Be a Friend
Proverbs 17:17 says, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity” (NIV). Through thick and thin, a friend is there to support and encourage.
Encouraging words can comfort an aching heart. Whether you say these words in person or in a letter. Whether you scribble them on a sticky note and stick them on a mirror, your encouragement goes a long way.
The Bible teaches us that as we live in peace with each other, we can feel God’s love for us. As we love and serve others, we will feel the love we are seeking from God.
- Do you remember how great it felt to be pursued by someone when you were young? It was probably in grade school or middle school when most of us heard, for the first time, that someone had a crush on us. It was the best feeling!
- Or when you had to choose teams at recess or after school and you got picked? You felt relief and inclusion.
- For those of us well into our careers, what about a time when an employer might have given you a raise or even promoted you unexpectedly? Another positive feeling brought on by a pursuit.
How much more should we get chills just by knowing that God is pursuing us — He has picked us for His team, and He is claiming us as His children. The God of the universe is pursuing you!
As we experience God’s love and mercy in our own lives, we will become filled to live out the fullness of God – to love as he loves.
God’s love knows no bounds – it is so deep and has no end. God created us in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). We are empowered to live the life of true love through Christ.
Jesus took on human flesh so He could come and pursue you for a relationship with Himself.
“God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17)
What Does the Bible Say About Showing God’s Love?
What does the Bible say about showing God’s love? When you focus on the men and women in the Old Testament, God’s love takes many forms throughout the stories of scripture.
God loves us so much that He gave His Son in order that the world could be saved, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:16-17 ESV cf. John 1:29). Notice that God’s love is for everyone in the world; whoever believes in Him.
God’s love is so amazing and so powerful, Paul makes this clear in verse 35: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?” No. But someone might say, “Oh, but what he means is that God will not let these things happen to his bride.”
Nothing you can ever do will change God’s mine about you. God’s love will carry you through everything.
When Jesus was on Calvary’s cross, His love forgave you of all your sins, past, present, and future. That is love.
Parts of the Bible even refer to God as love itself. Love could be explained as wanting the best for someone, and that’s exactly what God intends for us. God loves you simply because he loves you. You do not have to work for his affection. You do not have to set yourself straight before God can pour out his love over you.
If the love of God as shown in Christ Jesus is not enough to convince you of His love for you, here are some men in the Bible who, after experiencing the relentless love of God, testify that His love really is incomparable.
Take for example David, the Bible talks about a man after God’s own heart. David, however, knew that God loved him. His experiences with God enabled him to defeat Goliath, become Israel’s most-loved king, and write one of the most beautiful declarations a God-fearing man could ever say:
“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength because of Your enemies, to silence the enemy and the avenger. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon, and the stars, which You have established, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You attend to him?” (Psalm 8:1-4)
The Bible said Paul used to be a persecutor of Christians. Then called “Saul,” he was there giving his approval to the stoning of Stephen (see Acts 7:54-60). He was very zealous in persecuting Christians, so much that he was actually on his way to persecuting more believers when the Lord Jesus appeared to him (see Acts 9:1-9).
The man who persecuted many believers with great zeal later on became a man who would zealously preach the Gospel to different parts of the world, in fact wherever his foot may tread. Later we would read one of his most powerful exhortations about the love of God:
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities nor powers, neither things present nor things to come, neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
Peter was a simple fisherman who would later become one of the pillars of the early church. Peter denied the Lord Jesus Christ three times even after all he had seen and experienced (see Luke 22:54-62), but the Lord Jesus Himself returned and reinstated him, telling him what kind of death he would experience to the glory of God (see John 21:15-19).
Later, Peter would share one of the most heartfelt messages that he himself received through the love that Christ gave him:
“The end of all things is near. Therefore, be solemn and sober so you can pray. Above all things, have unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:7-8)
As Psalm 103: 11-12 says, God’s love for us is as high as the heavens are above the earth. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Jesus said that the greatest commandment in the Old Testament was, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind” (Matthew 22:36ff; Deuteronomy 6:5). The second commandment was, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39; Leviticus 19:18).
Then he said, “On these two commandments hang all the law and prophets” (Matthew 22:40). This must mean that if a person understood and obeyed these two commandments, he would understand and fulfill what the whole Old Testament was trying to teach.
Everything in the Old Testament, when properly understood, aims basically to transform men and women into people who fervently love God and their neighbor.
You can tell what a person loves by what he devotes himself too most passionately. What a person values most is reflected in his actions and motivations.
It is plain in the Old Testament that God’s highest value, his greatest love, is his own name. There is so much love in Jesus. From the beginning of Israel’s history to the end of the Old Testament era God was moved by this great love.
Romans 5:5 – And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.
1 John 4:19-21 – We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Ephesians 4:1-5 – I then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism…
Loving As God Loves
Every challenge we face on a daily basic comes with opportunities to walk in love. It is a choice you make each day. Do you want to live a life angry, hurt, locked up over what someone done to you, or do you want to be free of that. When you can actually walk in love, this is what will draw others to Christ, not just your words, but also our intentional acts of love and service.
God requires His people to live a life that exemplifies who He is. Through the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us, we are well equipped with everything necessary to walk to walk in love.
The Bible encourages us to Be Imitators of God.
Therefore become imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]; 2 and walk continually in love [that is, value one another—practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others], just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and sacrifice to God [slain for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance. Ephesians 5:1-2 (Amplified)
The idea is simple – that we are to make God our example and model. We can’t content ourselves comparing us among men. We must heed the idea of 1 Peter 1:15-16: as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
Love will never fail because God is love. When we walk in love, our love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:35, NLT).
Characteristics of God’s Love
One of the most wonderful descriptions of God’s love is found in 1 Corinthians chapter 13, “the chapter of love”. When the Bible speaks of love as a noun, it refers to a character. Love is the essence of God’s character and personality. When talking about love as a verb, it refers to all the actions and manifestations of His character as an expression of His love. Here are some of the most distinctive features of God’s love:
“God is MERCIFUL.”
- “Compassionate.” The Good Samaritan felt compassion toward the man in the ditch. God is moved with love, mercy, and compassion toward every human being’s misery that sin has caused.
- God’s deep feelings of compassion and mercy result in His desire to forgive you. God “longs to be gracious.”
“God is 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. John 3:16
“This is how God loved the world: He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
God is the perfect example of true love.
“God Love is. Unconditional.”
But God’s love for you says, “I love you, period. I love you even though you do not always love me, you are not always consistent, and you do not always do the right thing.”
“God’s love is consistent.”
No matter what you have done, who you have done it with, or how long you have done it, God’s love for you will last forever.
- Rest in His love. Have no fear of His betraying you. Lay back in His love and enjoy your relationship with Him. Nothing can separate you from His eternal love (Rom. 8:38).
“God is Faithful”
- God has not only forgiven you, been patient with you, and married you, He loves to protect you. God protected Israel because He was married to them. He will also be your “keeper” (Ps. 121:5).
- We all walk through trials and difficulties. That does not mean God does not love you. He promised that He would NEVER leave us or forsake us, even when we walk through the “valley of the shadow of death.”
God’s love is unlimited.
It is available for all. When Christ died on the cross, He died for everybody. The well-known John 3:16 starts off by saying “For God so loved the WORLD…” Hebrews 2:9 says that “…Jesus… taste[d] death for EVERY man.” And I Timothy 2:6 tells us that Jesus “…gave Himself a ransom for ALL.” Salvation is available to anyone- God did not leave a single person out.
God’s love is poured into us through the Holy Spirit
The love of God was poured out at the cross by the Son of God, and it is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
God’s love compels us to love one another.
Jesus came to earth because of our desperate need, but He also was compelled by His deep love for you and me. Love drew Him to the cross, and love held Him there. That is how much God loves you. In fact, He loves you so much that nothing can ever separate you from His love (Romans 8.38-39 ESV).
God’s love is revealed to us through Jesus Christ.
“This is how the love of God is revealed to us: God has sent his only Son into the world so that we can live through him. This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins.” 1 John 4:9-10
God’s love sees the best.
You are who God says you are. He sees the best in you.
Quotes about God’s love
We want to feel cared for. We want to feel cherished and accepted. However, why is that? We were made to find true love in God. Love is an incredible characteristic of who God is. The mere fact that God’s love is the catalyst that enables us to love Him, and others is unconceivable.
God’s love is unconditional and unchanging. His love never changes. The Bible says, He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. God’s love never changes.
There is nothing that you can do to make God love you more or less.
1 John 4 teaches us that God is love. This is telling us that God loves us because of who He is. It is in God’s nature to love. We can’t earn His love.
God loves us too much to indulge our every whim. – Max Lucado
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you have been saved. – Ephesians 2:4-5
God is completely sovereign. God is infinite in wisdom. God is perfect in love. God in His love always wills what is best for us. In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty, He has the power to bring it about. – Jerry Bridges
One who has been touched by grace will no longer look on those who stray as “those evil people” or “those poor people who need our help.” Nor must we search for signs of “love worthiness.” Grace teaches us that God loves because of who God is, not because of who we are. – Phillips Brooks
God waits for you to communicate with Him. You have instant, direct access to God. God loves mankind so much, and in a very special sense His children, that He has made Himself available to you at all times. – Wesley L. Duewel
No matter what storm you face, you need to know that God loves you. He has not abandoned you. – Franklin Graham
Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not. – C.S. Lewis
The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us; just as the roof of a sunhouse does not attract the sun because it is bright but becomes bright because the son shines on it. – C.S. Lewis
Bible Verses About Showing God’s Love
The Bible is filled with scripture about showing God’s love for us and how we should love others. God loves is incredible, life- changing. He wants us to experience incredible, life-changing love, mercy, and compassion not only from him, but from those around us. And he wants us to show that love to others. Each one can reach one for Jesus.
These unconditional love Bible verses truly sum up just how much God loves you:
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment, you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. …
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put-on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so, we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. …
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
So put away all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. …
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; …
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Prayer About Showing God’s Love
Lord, I thank You for the love of God that has been shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit who was given to me. Releasing this love is a choice, and I repent for the times I have chosen to walk in anger, frustration, or intolerance instead of choosing to put on love as You have instructed me to do. I thank You for Your great love for me. Jesus said I will prove to be His disciple when I release His love toward others. Thank You, Lord, for the gift of a free will. I honor You with it by choosing to put on agape love. I will give no place to the devil by keeping myself clothed in the love of God. In Jesus Name. Amen
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