Discovering Hope


In my first post with this title, I briefly mentioned that God is love. For me, this is an obvious statement because I have only ever known God as love. But perhaps for others, who have not known a loving relationship, or who have been abused by family members, it is not an easy statement to understand or even to accept.

I can give you many Scripture verses to read that will tell you God is love. There are a few at the end of this post for you to read and ponder if you would like to do so. But many people reject the Scriptures, just as they reject God.

So I will tell you how I know God is love.

Let’s think about what it means to love. What is love? How do you feel when you are loved? It’s a difficult word to define for it can mean many things.

Love can be a warm, fuzzy feeling. It can be safe. It can build confidence, inspire us to greater heights of accomplishment, make us feel needed, cherished, special. It can bring out the best in us. It can make us see the world with new eyes. What was once grey is now technicolour. It can fill us with wonder. It can make us feel lovable, raise our self-esteem, fill us with joy and delight.

This is God. This is how God makes us feel when we open our hearts to Him to try to love Him to the best of our feeble ability, so He pours His love into us, over us, around us. He loves us first – even when we don’t know Him or love Him back. We are beloved.

His love fills our hearts with warmth and we can know we are safe. We can face the world – this strange new world – with hope and trust because we are loved.

He loves us. For God is love.

Some Scriptures for ponder:

1 John 4:10: This is love: not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4:16: God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

1 John 4:19: We love because He first loved us.

John 3:16: God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.



About Mandy Hackland

My love in life is to encourage others to deepen their relationship with God. I write devotional material, stories and small group studies with that in mind. I live in South Africa and also love spending time in the bush, bird watching and walking. I have moved to the coast and am enjoying the green spaces and beautiful vistas that surround me, reminding me of God's grace every day.
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