1 John 4:16 – And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in Him. (HCSB)
Love has become a common word tossed around much like a balloon at a child’s birthday party. I love all kinds of things. I love God. I love my husband, my son and his wife, my family, my friends. I love my grandkids. I love desserts and salty, crunchy food. I love to travel and to shop thrift stores. I love to read. I love the beach and flip flops. I love a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning. As I think about my long list of loves, I am overwhelmed at the love God has for me. Psalm 139 says God knows me and Jeremiah 1:5 tells me He not only knows me now but knew me before I was even in my mother’s womb. When He separated the light from the darkness (Genesis 1:14) He knew I would enjoy the activities of the day and the relaxation that comes with the night. When He made dry land appear and gathered the water into seas (Genesis 1:9) He knew I would find contentment and pleasure in walking on the beach and watching the waves. When He filled the earth with fruits, vegetables, and livestock (Genesis 1:12-24) He knew what would be my favorites. He knows when I sit down and when I get up so He knows how I love to snuggle under the covers on a chilly night and how little love I have for leaving those covers on a chilly morning. 1 John says God is love. Such a common word for such an amazing God!