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How can I live in deeper awareness of God's love for me?

We've all heard that God loves us. Do we really believe it?

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Season 4, episode 87
38 min / Published May 17

Episode 87 - Are you ready for a fresh, spicy approach to the love of God today?

We've all heard that God loves us. Do we really believe it? How can we live in deeper awareness of God's love for me? The Book of Proverbs might not be overtly explicit about God's love, but it is the underlying foundation for the entire book. So, today, we are pondering God's love: what does it mean that "God is love"? Why is He love? What does His love look like? We're not staying in shallow waters. We are peeking under the hood of Proverbs to look at how the engine of this book truly functions. And we discover that Love is the fuel behind every motion in Proverbs.

Stephanie starts us off this week with a powerful quote by her countryman, Blaise Pascal, on his famous "God-shaped hole" in the human heart:

What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself” -- Blaise Pascal, 1670.

We see that, IN God, our primary life calling: to REST in LOVE and DELIGHT in HIM in return. To make God our rest and my delight. We are created to LOVE and BE LOVED. We are attracted by LOVE like an irresistible magnet. And, we can only love well when we are loved well. Love is an experience of the heart AND mind. It is a decision of the will that transforms your heart and turns living into loving.

Stephanie challenges us to embrace the challenge of the Christian life: to nurture the One Craving of craving the One--Christ, that is. And we discuss practical ways to do just that. They may sound overworn and cliche, but there's a reason some paths are well-trodden by countless generations of Christ-worshipping believers across time and space: these well-worn paths actualyl work, and actually lead us deeper into God. They are called prayer and the study of Scripture. Stephanie gives us a fresh perspective to rejuvenate our desire to walk these paths daily. We are challenged to learn to experience the consequences of growing in our craving of God alone.

Then, we look at the practical outsome: True love is binding yourself to the One you love. It is a surrender of freewill to embrace freedom to love another. God displays His supernatural glory through human impossibilities. He chooses us to make us a willing partner of His acting through us.

Love the Lord your God, and then love your neighbor as yourself. - Jesus.

Join us today for a fresh, in-depth dive into the love of God!

 

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Show notes

Please use these notes to follow the episode. The downloadable printable PDF is available at gospel-spice.com. Enjoy these free Gospel Spice resources!

 

 

 

God’s love

 

Why is God Love?

 

 

 

What does God’s love look like?

 

 

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty;

He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy;

He will rest in his love, He will joy over thee with singing.

– Zephaniah 3:17, KJV.

 

 

Love: where _________ meets __________.

 

 

Love God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How are we satisfied in God?

 

 

 

________ + __________ His Word = ___________ Him.

 

 

His love for us is different from our love for Him.

 

 

 

 

“____________ the beautiful consequence of craving _______ ___________.”

 

 

Love others. With his love. Not yours.

 

1 Corinthians 15:10

1 Peter 4:11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answer key: needs – wants – delight – seek – prioritize - pray – study – crave – experience – HIM ALONE -

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