I had a wonderful birthday yesterday. I’m now a quarter of a century old. Well, in reality the only thing that seems to have changed is that my health insurance is now higher. Yay! But really, looking back over the last year I know I’ve changed a lot, and I pray it’s mostly for the better. Thank you everyone who helped me celebrate my birthday. Especially my super wonderful husband who made and decorated this awesome cake for me.
Yes, those sprinkles do say "Love You Kacie" and it was created by a homemade stencil. My husband does love me dearly. Love. This brings me to my memory verse for this half of the month (which I’m only a few days late on).
“’This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.’” John 15:12 (NASB)
This time it’s not as much the words that I wanted to memorize (because I pretty much already knew the verse), but I want to know exactly where it is in scripture and how it’s connected to the next 5 verses. We often think, love one another, check, got it. But what comes after that last comma is pretty important. “Just as I have loved you.”
It’s not just that God loves us, which we are usually so vain we think we can actually grasp that, but it’s how God loved us.
God loved sacrificially as the Father (John 3:16) and the Son (Ephesians 5:2).
God loves steadfastly (Deuteronomy 7:9, Psalm 36:7)
God’s love is giving (Romans 5:5)
God loves by correcting (Proverbs 3:12)
God loves greatly (Ephesians 2:4)
And the list goes on and on. The magnitude of God’s love is truly beyond our imagination, but we are called to love one another as Christ has loved us. Take up this challenge with me to see just how well we can love each other, because Christ first loved us.