Habits are power. Power to build up your lives and power to tear them down. God calls us to establish Good habits by which we can be transformed daily. How you choose to use your habits will determine your destiny. We will discuss over the next 7 weeks 7 great habits Christians should engage them. Applying them will change your life forever.
We begin with Love
Love is a basic need for human life. Without love, we wouldn’t even exist! As the stomach needs food to eat and our lungs need air to breathe, even so the heart needs love.
What could be more impactful and life changing than finding out that you’re loved, especially when your heart is yearning for it? But not every form of love is alike and not every form is beneficial.
We only have one word in English to describe love.
I love you. I love strawberries. The score is love all. They made love. I would love to see you.
Does “love” mean the same thing in all of the above sentences? Obviously not. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are many words in Spanish that can be translated as “love.” Use the verb amar or the noun amor to translate all the above sentences, and you’ll sound foolish at best.
The idea that almost any word in one language can be translated into just one or two words in another language can lead to serious mistakes in vocabulary.
Similarly, the fact that literally dozens of words can be used to translate even a simple word such as “love” is one thing that makes computerized translation so maddeningly undependable. Understanding context is one key to effective translation.
For me I only speak English so I am stuck with only “love” to describe many kinds of love.
Bible verses that describe God’s love for us are some of my favorites. I hope you enjoy these inspirational quotes showing just how much God loves you.
Featured Bible Verse About God’s Love: Romans 8:37-39 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God’s Love Shown Through Jesus Christ
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God. who loved me and gave himself for me.
Ephesians 2:4-5 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—
1 John 4:9-11 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
God Loves and Cares For Us
Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 John 3:1 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.
What God Says About Love
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,
Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
Respond To God’s Love Through Thankfulness
Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.
Colossians 2:6-7 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
Hebrews 12:28-29 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.
Here are some things that some great Christian leaders have said about God’s Love
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. ~ Augustine
God is love. He didn’t need us. But he wanted us. And that is the most amazing thing. ~ Rick Warren
God is love. Therefore love. Without distinction, without calculation, without procrastination, love. ~ Henry Drummond
When the time comes for you to die, you need not be afraid, because death cannot separate you from God’s love. ~ Charles Spurgeon
Saving us is the greatest and most concrete demonstration of God’s love, the definitive display of His grace throughout time and eternity. ~ David Jeremiah
God’s unfailing love for us is an objective fact affirmed over and over in the Scriptures. It is true whether we believe it or not. Our doubts do not destroy God’s love, nor does our faith create it. It originates in the very nature of God, who is love, and it flows to us through our union with His beloved Son. ~ Jerry Bridges
Scripture and quotes all share the Good News of Jesus Christ and God’s Love.
Life can be better if you’re willing to accept the wrongs we have done. If you love perfectly, you’ll first learn to admit your mistakes to perceive how you have hurt others, and you’ll be willing to change your behavior. By following a lifelong code of self-improvement, you can grow beyond your borders to become not only a blessing to others but blessed because of how others perceive you. If you love with good love then, for the most part, people will treat you right. If you love with wrong love, then you’ll gain more enemies than friends. Not every form of love benefits our greater sense of joy or that of others. If you only love yourself then you’ll be despised by others and your life will be terrible. But if you learn to be a continuously charitable loving and kind person, life has a way of repaying you for that. It is true statement, what goes around comes around. We have to take this to heart.
True successful people are not rich or have everything they need. Success isn’t about what you do for yourself but what you do for others while embracing what God has done for you.
True success mends the broken heart and heals the shattered spirit. It mends a family and keeps it a tight knit group rather than enemies always at each other’s throats.
If you love with a sincere heart, then life will bless you in the end. Sincere love is to show love without expecting anything in return. In so doing, you will reap a blessing naturally because you sowed the proper seeds.
While we may never become millionaires, we can feel like a million bucks in our hearts. As we already know, money doesn’t solve everything. It may help take care of our needs, but you cannot live for a materialistic life. Money cannot buy a wholesome heart-filling love. It can buy vain friends, who’ll will leave us when we lose our money. That is why love is better. Love is the greatest medicine for the sick heart. It’s the greatest filler of the holes in our hearts. Without it, a person could never live to the fullest.
As we talked about love, we know there is love for money, which leads to agony, love for self beauty, which is vanity, love for another’s beauty, which is lust, love for self which leads to broken relationships; selfless love for others, which can lead to satisfying relationships and a love for God, which leads to an incredible, enriching and deeply rewarding relationship with Him. Many forms of love, but only a few which are worth living out.
Do you want to be remembers as a cruel, selfish and shrewd miser who only cared for yourself or a loving, kind person who is sorely missed because you added meaning to their lives?
Remember children who grow up without feeling loved leave the house and start searching for love in all the wrong places. They go from broken relationship to broken relationships
We can only love if we live in God. We are dependent on God’s love and the Holy Spirit working in us. God’s nature is love and he is happy to pour out more love into our marriages if we ask. God’s language is love and he is delighted to give us more love to extend to our co-workers, neighbors, and enemies if we ask. God’s spirit is love and he is overjoyed to send us more love to be shared through our work, play, and life if we ask.
When we receive God’s love, we are transformed, our lives are not ours anymore. It’s not us loving our enemies, it’s not us extending help for our neighbors. It’s not us becoming radically obedient to God’s guidance. It’s not us living in love and grace. It’s God dwelling in us. It’s God sharing harmony, peace, and love. It’s God pouring out grace upon grace, love upon love, life and more life!
With our children, we have to realize they have needs that go past filling their stomachs and clothing their flesh. We have to fill their hearts too. We work so hard for them we should not forget to actually love them.
Our children will only be in our house a short time, whatever we plant in them while they are small will determine what you’ll reap when they’re grown. Don’t be deceived. There isn’t always time on another day. Take the time now while you have it. Don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today. Real love would choose to be expressed immediately not later. Cherish your children now and nourish their hearts with love.
If they never know how to love, they will grow up broken and the cycle will not stop, they will pass it on to their children too.
Don’t make the mistake – love your children like there’s no tomorrow. Make them see and feel that love. Don’t put off what can be done today and get it right while you can!!!
If you’re searching for a better life and want to build a better family, then love is the answer and love will find the way! If you lose everything, you’ll always have each other. If a family doesn’t help each other and take care of one another, it will lead to a horribly difficult life for everyone. Family members should support one another, love one another and save each other from the trails of life.
I am not sure what families are like in your country, but in the US – are families are breaking and we have many single mothers. Children are raised without fathers, parents are too busy to spend time with their children. So many people discontented and searching for meaning in life.
Fatherless families are common. Family is the foundation of a America. When the foundation of any building crumbles it compromises its integrity and strength.
You may not be effected by a broken family, but I am sure you may know someone that is. You may be in terrible straits with your family. Don’t let this condition plague your life. Love your family – work on your own heart that you can cherish others as well.
Rewarding experiences come from loving others, but ourselves. We need to fill up other people and it will result in a rewarding experience in our lives.
Love truly is better than life, and without it, our lives can never find substance or meaning. Love should be the core of who we are and reflected in our actions.
Nothing can change you more profoundly than true love. If you ever have gone through a hard time imagine what it would be like to have someone reach down and help you. Imagine how it feels to be loved in the deepest sense. This is what we should do for others. A true hero is defined by a single selfless act. What then are we if we learn to be selfless at all times?
Pure love fills the heart and gives purpose to life. There is a daily love like this we can experience and transform our lives. Not a love that we give but a love that we have been given. A love that every heart needs. This love is found in God, who cherishes you and treasures you beyond anything you could ever imagine.
Don’t forget the loving nature of God, the way we approach Him turns into dry religion. God did not send His son to die for mere religion. He came for the purpose of loving you to have a relationship with you. God desires a relationship with you at an individual level. He is a very intimate and relational God who loves you. He knows you perfectly but still wants to know you in a deeper sense.
He knows everything about you since before he created time. Before He made all things. He’s been dreaming of you; how He would make you and who you should be. He has known every joy you’d have and every hurt you’d felt. He has known every pain that would come on your life for thousands of years He’s been waiting to hold you through them all.
Has been watching our lives unfold and he knows everything we have done and every way that we have sinned. Our sins hurt Him, but God knowing the ways you’d break His heart still chooses to create us and love us.
Now consider how we hurt God, people hurt us each day, yet God still loves us, so why not choose to love others too. We can choose to love God and our enemies.
Two thousand years ago Jesus humbled Himself in the sight of heaven and earth and came down as a man. He, being the Lord of heaven, knew no pain and no suffering. He had perfect peace in His perfect world. But when we sin, it keeps us from being able to enter that place of His rest with Him. He stepped down from His Lordly throne and humbled Himself to become a man, knowing what He’d suffer for your sake.
He was suffering from the moment he came into the world. Herod sought to murder him. He was carried off to Egypt until His Enemy died. When he grew up he began his ministry starving in the desert with no food and water for 40 days. He passes the Father’s test and set out to save all of us.
Jesus was homeless – the days of His ministry were by no means easy. He was under death threats many of His disciples left Him, and some who he blessed were never grateful. He poured Himself out for everyone but was despised and rejected living in wilderness while waiting to be betrayed to His death by His friend Judas.
He knew he would be rejected and mocked, he knew all these things in advance, but chose to come down and suffer them with the hope of convicting you through His love. He gave His life to convict us that we might repent for our sins and not have to suffer the judgement.
He has a perfect justice. He will rid the world of evil, and if we choose to spit on His gift, we are calling a curse on ourselves. He never wanted to condemn us. Jesus tells us that the eternal fire was created for Satan and the fallen angels. It was not intended for us.
No matter what, He will always love you. Whether you choose to have a relationship with Him or Not, He will still love you. If you don’t choose to love Him and be filled with His love and His saving grace, then He will lead you to the place you want to go. With grief in His heart and tears in His eyes, He’ll love you all the way to gates of Hell.
God gave His Son’s life with the hope of convicting our sins that we might repent. God doesn’t seek your condemnation; He seeks your salvation. When we sin, whether we intended to or not, we make ourselves His enemy.
Some people think they’ve done something so horrible that they don’t deserve God’s love, the truth is that no one deserves it, but He freely gives His love to all. He wants to save you!!! No matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done, God wants to give you a new heart and transform your life forever.
He loves you no matter who you are. Have you’ve ever felt as if you can’t love yourself, God still loves you. Can you believe that? Remember that we approach God by faith. Can you have faith that God is better than you and still loves you even when you wouldn’t love yourself? Believe in His love and let it change your life forever!!
But if you don’t respond rightly to His love and enter into a relationship with Him, then you’re missing the point of the cross. If he have not given his life, neither you nor I could be saved from Hell. This is something that should never be taken for granted!
Consider giving your life to Christ today. If this is something you’ve never done before but you want Him in your life, come before Him in prayer. Truly, His love and His grace will change your life forever, and no matter what you’ve done. He will forgive you and clean you. Pray and confess your sins to Him. There’s nothing hard or religious about it. Just talk to Him, He’s been waiting for you for a long time, and He’s excited: formalities are not necessary. Jesus gave His life to convict you of sin that you change your life, run from sin and be saved from judgment.
God will give you a new heart and His Spirit. His Spirit enters you, it will feel as if you’ve taken your first breath and it will be as if you never breathed before. The whole world will come alive and everything will feel alive in a way you’ve never experienced before.
Pray, and approach God with love, conviction, and faith.
We may not always be blessed in life, but you’ll always have God with you to comfort you, encourage you, and carry you through. In order to be filled with the love of God, we must spend time in His presence. We must be filled before we can pour out. An empty glass doesn’t satisfy one’s thirst. Become a full glass through the outpouring of God. All ministering is an overflow of the personal time we spend with Jesus.
I am not merely talking about a ministry but all the ways we minister Christ to one another through love. Let the Holy Spirit work through you instead as you learn to listen to the voice and obey. The spirit will never lead you astray.
If we love the Lord, we will seek to grow in His word and multiply our wisdom in it. Faith comes by hearing God’s word, and righteousness comes through applying it. Be faithful to seek the Lord continually and to grow in faith
Pay attention to His teachings in life, God is infinite and perfect .We are called to be like him… Jesus said, Matthew 5:48 – There you shall be perfect just as your Father in heaven is perfect. And Col. 3:14 “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
The first fruit of the Spirit is love. Knowing that we’re perfected by love, we should be looking for every opportunity to apply it.
We will not be perfect – only when we walk in the Spirit. Always seek, practice and apply the love of God. Open your eyes to the needs around you so God may lead you to fill them. Christians need to apply this – not just know it. Change your heart and how you approach others, and watch God change your life. Devote yourself to asking and seeking His love, give His love you receive and then repeat the process. We have to spend time meditating and seeking Him – then love will become a natural process. We call ourselves sons and daughters of God, then we must be led by the Spirit, Rom 8:14 for many are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons and daughters of God.
Born of the Spirit Jesus said “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
The world cannot understand the things of the Spirit, we speak the things of the spirit, which is the sound of the wind they don’t understand. 1 Cor. 2:14 “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. We should always seek council of Christ and not the world. Let Him Show you the Way, and Let Him Plan His direction for you.
2 Tim. 2:22 “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
So we then will be born again, God’s plan will start working and drive us to his purpose rather than our own purposes.
Gracious God, Thank you for your amazing love! Come and dwell in us! Come and transform us! Come and live through us! So we could live a lover’s life, full of harmony, grace, and peace. So we could every day be a bit more like you! In Jesus’ name we pray Amen