He loves us uniquely

This is a follow up to a post i wrote previously. Please read He loves us the same first because it lays a foundation to this post. If you are unable to read that first, you will still benefit from this. So stay.

The focus of that post was Romans 8:38-39 where Paul reminded us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. In that blog post i explained how i had a flawed idea of the love of God growing up and how this impacted negatively on my walk with Christ.

My focus on that post was really for us to understand that we will fail if we are trying to win God’s love; just like i did, because nothing we do can buy that love. My aim was to expose or remind us of that truth and also invite non believers to come just as they are as no one is able to clean his/herself from their mess without the help of the Holy Spirit.

A blogger who i admire a lot asked me a question that sparked a little bible study for me this evening. She wanted to hear my views on John 14:21-24. After studying, i decided that a follow up to my initial post was needed to help bring clarity.

And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong,[a] and he never tempts anyone else. (10)

I think the sentence that brought about the question is;

Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them.

I’ll be sharing my thoughts but i will really appreciate your response in the comment session. I would love to know your interpretation of this scripture please, please, please 🙂

 

This was my response to the question.

“I think the love referred to here is a different kind of love which He expresses to His own. I am answering this way because of “and manifest myself to him.” I think it helps bring clarity to the context.

As a parent, the love i have for my children is different from the love i have for other people’s children. The love i have for my kids spurns from a place of us knowing each other very well (intimacy). This intimacy leads to them having an access to a side of me that other kids who aren’t mine don’t have. The love referred to here is that which comes from a place of intimacy with God. It gives us access to help and favour that He promised us.

Sinners have full access to this same level of love once they come into the family. My post was about the “God love the world” kind of love and how He gives rain, sun, food to believers and non believers.”

In addition to the above, the word ‘manifest’ means; clear or obvious to the eye or mind. Another definition says to show (a quality or feeling) by one’s acts or appearance; demonstrate.

Going by the above, i think it’s safe to say that what Jesus meant here is that He will reveal the sides of Him that others who are not part of the family cannot see to us. He will clear our eyes and minds to be able to grasp a deeper revelation and understanding of Him.

So yes, He loves us the same enough to die for us but He loves the ones who are His uniquely because they know Him more as a result of spending time with Him.

I’m stopping here. Over to you. What are your thoughts? I’m really keen to hear them.

 

 

35 thoughts on “He loves us uniquely

  1. What is Love? Jesus Christ laid down His life… He showed His love for us in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. We love Him because He first loved us.

    I believe love is first an invitation; an invitation accepted is a seed; an invitation rejected is a lost opportunity – the ultimate lost opportunity.

    We love because He first loved us… those who receive the invitation have Christ’s love planted; in them this is salvation. Those that receive the deposit have also received the command of Christ: ‘This is my commandment, that ye love one another.’ God is love; our reception of True Love is receiving God into ourselves – His presence within us carries His Word: ‘This is the covenant I will make with them after those days, I will write my word upon their heart, and inscribe it upon their minds.’

    Once we receive God’s love it is reciprocol, obeying His commandments is the fruit of recieving His love, the proof of abiding in His love, and the enactment of His love. When we don’t feel love, the best we can do is obey; it is a choice made by faith. Our faith is pleasing to God.

    I suppose I am giving a somewhat ethereal answer, but I hope its a blessing; the alternative is to reject the love of God. This can be done at any level (though it is undoubtedly harder once we have known the love of God) for love is not controlling. If we fail to return God’s love, the recipricol nature of His love is stunted. Proof that we reject His love is disobedience: rebellion. God loves sinners, but theirs also is the choice to love or despise the only begotten Son, in their disobedience, they have rejected the love of God.

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    1. Thanks for your comment and I agree that our response to His love is in us obeying Him. I think “If we fail to return God’s love, the recipricol nature of His love is stunted.” aligns with the post. Is it safe for me to say you agree with the explanation given on the post? Blessings

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  2. You are correct. If we spiritually mature how He shows love to us changes. The issue is not with His love, which never changes, but our capacity to receive. A child cannot understand nor accept the intimacy and expression of the love between a man and woman in marriage nor should they. As a child they can and should accept the love of the Father as a child. If they grow up though, their nature and capacity to accept more intimate love changes. This growth, however, is dependent on believers giving up ‘self’ and being completely dependent and obedient to Jesus. Since very, very few people desire this and are willing to sacrifice ‘self’ we see very few believers walking in such love. Unless one is willing to give up all for Jesus we can hardly expect the nature of His intimate love to be manifest in our lives.

    Blessings,
    Homer Les
    Uncompromising Faith

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    1. And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

      Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

      And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
      Matthew 18:3-5

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    2. Wow! Yes very well explained. I think you said it better than my post. I totally agree with everything you said. The example you have added clarity too. May we be meek enough to experience deeper dimensions of His love. Thank you so much for commenting.

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  3. You have answered the question very well. Also, Homer has summed up the special love that God has for those who trust Him – It is really our capacity to receive this love. His love never changes. That is the reason some people will quickly blame God for their problems while others will praise God in spite of their problems. Great thought provoking post.

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    1. Great. Homer’s comment sums it up really. I feel like I have just had a mini bible study session here reading the comments. Thanks for helping to bring clarity to this post. God bless you sis

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  4. In this particular passage of scripture’s dialogue takes place at the Last Supper as Jesus prepares His disciples for what is to come (His crucifixion). He speaks to the disciples about belief then to love. Jesus connects love and obedience.

    We tend to preach love without mentioning obedience–the two are interchangeable. Then Jesus goes on in verse 16 & 18 promising to send the Holy Spirit, who will be an abiding presence.

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  5. Jesus died to buy us back for Father God, to repair the relationship that was broken when Adam & Eve disobeyed. He died for all of human creation even though he knew not everyone would accept the free gift and be reconciled. So God loves us all as his created ones, but can’t come close to those who don’t accept Christ’s sacrifice. It boils down to the fact that salvation is free; you can’t work hard enough to earn it. But once we accept that gift, we are to walk in the good works God planned for us. So, we can’t work to earn God’s love, but if we love Him we will want to serve him; work with and for him. Imagine heaven where all these questions will be answered and at that point, none of them will matter!

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    1. Beautifully said sis. I totally agree with you. Yes, I will be asking Abba all of these questions and more. Well, that is if I remember to ask. I guess I will be carried away admiring His beauty and busy worshipping my Daddy😊

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  6. I hope I don’t make this too concise by summarizing. Please let me know if I need too clarify.
    Verse 21 brings to mind a couple of verses from Proverbs: 3:32 & 11:20 – the froward=”willfully contrary, not easily managed; synonyms include – obstinate, willful, disobedient, wayward, unmanageable, difficult.” I see this as: a parent loves his/her child, but if the child plays with a skunk and gets sprayed, the parent does not delight in the child, even though his/her love does not change. This seriously limits desire for parent-child intimacy. The filthy clothes would have to go, some serious bathing take place, and maybe even a haircut before intimacy could be restored.
    In verse 23, He will make His abode (home) with those who love Him is explained in John 15:4,5,7,10,11. It’s about ABIDING in His love! He wants to BE our home, but He doesn’t force us to stay there. He permits us to leave and to refuse His love, even though it makes Him sad. We willfully walk out the door and leave the wonderful confines of His love when we choose to turn from His love, preferring to wander in disobedience. John 15:7 reminds me of Psalm 37:4. When we delight ourselves “IN” Him, His desires will become our desires, and so, He will have no problem giving those to us! Praise Jesus! He is so wonderful!!

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