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Our Father Loves Us!

“What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God!” (1 John 3:1a MSG)
My Heavenly Father’s love for me causes me smile, cry, and be blown me away. I am so amazed at the indescribable love that the Father has for His children. I’m in awe of His love. Oh, how He loves me. Oh, how He loves you! I wish I could find an extravagant word that could describe God’s love. He loves much. When I think about His love, how He loves us, and how He proves His love for us daily, tears fill my eyes. I have no doubt that the Creator loves me so dearly, and I love Him so much (1 John 4).
Growing up, I needed my earthly father’s love. I wanted it, but I never got it. My Daddy never showed me he loved me and if he did love me, I never saw it, heard it, or knew it. I wanted to be loved by my Daddy, I needed it. It was so important to me and I believe that’s why I craved it so bad. I needed hugs, I needed validation, and I needed love from other people because I did not get those things from my Daddy. I longed to hear my Daddy tell me that he loved me, tell me that he was proud of me, and give me a big hug. Growing up, those words never came out of his mouth until my late thirties (this is when better late than never is so wonderful!!). When my Daddy finally said those words I longed to hear, I was like a kid in a candy shop. I cried like a baby, I wanted to scream, I was relieved, I blushed, and I was so happy.

Hearing my Daddy tell me he love me was like ointment and medicine for my broken soul. Those words were bandages for the wounds and scars that I had for many years, and finally they were being healed. Now, whenever we talk on the phone, he makes it a point to tell me he loves me. Whenever, we see each other, my Daddy gives me a big hug. He tells me he’s proud of my and how smart I am. Now I know he loves me!
Unlike my Daddy, God has been telling me and showing me He loves me since the beginning of time. God has been telling you and showing you that He loves you before you even existed. God adores you! He loves us. We are always on His mind; He’s always thinking about us. Before He created this world, He was thinking about you and me. Oh, how He loves us!
If we want to know how to love, if we’re looking for love, if we want to experience real love, all we have to do is look to the Father. His love is so remarkable, and it’s so good to be loved by Him. He loves us even when we’re wrong (that’s what gets me….my God!). He loves us even when we are a mess (Eph. 2:4: Rom. 5).
It’s Hump Day! Here’s our biblical principle to help us over the hump.
“But God is rich in mercy, and he loved us very much. We were spiritually dead because of all we had done against him. But he gave us new life together with Christ. (You have been saved by God’s grace.)” (Eph. 2:4-5, ERV)
In spite of ourselves, our Father still continues to love us. Now, that’s astounding! During your Quiet Time, read the Fathers Love Manual (The Bible) and bask in His Love.
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Demonstrate Love

Written by Rhovonda L. Brown
*Reposted/Revised: 2/9/15

I enjoy watching romantic comedy and love movies especially with my husband. Some men call them “Chick Flicks.” I love happy endings and when I watch a movie that ends with no happiness or love doesn’t save the day, I’m a little upset. I feel robbed! Someone once told me, “Girl, love movies are not real,” but I have to disagree.

One of the attributes that I adore about God, well, I adore all of them, but the one that constantly draws me closer to God is His amazing love. God’s love picks me up when I have fallen. When I’m having one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, His love brightens my day. Daily, He reminds me and shows me that He loves me. I am amazed at the love God has for me. He loves unconditionally. He loves us when we don’t love Him back. He loves us when we don’t want to be love. He loves us when we fail. He loves the coldest, the cruelest, and the most hateful person. He loves the murderer, the homosexual, the drug addict, the prostitute, the drunk, the liar, the thief, the cheater. He loves the sinner. He loves me. He loves you. He loves like no one else can. God’s love is amazing!

God’s love doesn’t reject us, but His love embraces us. His love chases after us. Because God loves us and we love Him, we can love one another. We can show love to someone else. We can show love to the one who feels unloved and unworthy. We can show love to that mean boss who never smiles or that co-worker who always complains. We can show love to the person who has wronged us. God showed us a great example of how to love when He sent His one and only son, Jesus. And He wants us to have love for one another (1 John 4:7-21). Let’s love like Christ by doing the following:

Look past faults. We can look past the person’s faults. Remember, we have faults of our own, but God, who is rich in mercy, still loves us. (Eph. 2:4) Daily, He looked past our faults and sees our needs.

Keep no record. Don’t keep a record or an account of how many times that person has wrong us. Love them anyway (1 Pet. 4:8). Christ doesn’t give us a limited amount of times He’ll forgive us. He doesn’t keep bringing up what we did the last time. His forgiveness has no limits!

Learn to love like God. We can love others by learning how God loves. We can read about His love and gain insight from His Word (Eph. 5:1-2). Get familiar with His love book, the Bible, and eventually, His love will begin to rub off.God demonstrated His love for us and He wants us to demonstrate love to others. Let’s take advantage of all the opportunities that God will make available for us to exhibit love.

My sisters, it’s Monday…already! Love on someone today.

During your Quiet Time, read Ephesians Chapter 5: 1-2 and allow God’s word to minister to you!

“Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.” (Eph. 5:1-2 MSG)

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*Originally posted: 4/25/11

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Why Do You Love Me?

Written by Rhovonda L. Brown

*Reposted/Revised: 2/3/15

“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. (Luke 15 NKJV)

I often ask God, “Why do You love me the way that You do? Why do You put up with me? After all the wrong that I have done, is doing and going to do, why do You still put up with me?” Then the Lord made me think about something.

He made me think about my daughter and son. They’re my children. I love them with all my heart. I love them with all that I have and with all that is within me. And that’s still not enough to express just how much I love my children. Even when they are hard headed, and even when they are disobedient, and even when they mess us (majorly), I still love them. I won’t stop loving them. I can’t stop loving them because they are mine. They belong to me. I gave birth to them, and they are my gifts from God.

No matter how much they disappoint me, make me angry or hurt me, I will never stop loving them. I will always love Kourtney and Kaleb because they are my babies.

And that is why God loves me the way that He does. He loves me because I’m His. He loves me so much and forgives me so much even when I hurt Him. And guess what? He loves you the same way. God loves us so much that He risked His own Son’s life, so that we could have life, life eternal.

God’s love is much stronger, deeper, and wider than our love can ever possibly be. His love is greater than all of our sins (John 3:16)! Because we are His children and He’s our Father, He loves us.

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God…(Rom 8:15-16 NKJV)

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Encouraging You to Walk in Freedom!

*Originally posted: 1/12/11

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