Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of kindness, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them. Hosea 11:3-4 ESV
God’s love cannot be earned; it is a gift. God loves the unlovable and He accepts us just as we are. He loves us so much that He died for us. If you were the only person who ever lived, He would have died for you.
God’s love is so overwhelming – so amazing! He loves us even when we don’t love Him back. He shows His love for us by caring for us, guiding us, healing us, and changing us day-by-day to be more like Himself. Don’t run from God’s love, just embrace it and rest in it!
- What do the following passages say is God’s ultimate demonstration of His love for us? — John 3:16; Romans 5:6-8
- How is God’s love demonstrated in the lives of believers according to the following passages? — John 13:34-35; 1 John 4:7-12
Question to ponder: What is hindering you from accepting God’s amazing love or demonstrating it as you lead others?
Passages for further study: John 15:12-13; 1 John 4:13-21