I have been singing this children's hymn for over a week now. Like any ear-worm, it has buried itself deep and I have even woken up in the middle of the night with the song on my lips. However, this simple but profound song isn't driving me crazy, it's driving me deeper into the Word of God!
I found a definition of love that I have been using as a baseline as I read various scriptures on the topic.
Love - It is a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
Tender and passionate. That is the kind of Love I believe the Lord exhibits towards us on a continual basis. It is that passionate love that caused God to send His only Son to die for us! It was that kind of love that caused Jesus to submit His will to the Father in the garden of Gethsemane. A sacrificial love!
"And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." (Ephesians 5:2)
One of the most encouraging Scriptures to me is found in Romans 8:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, "For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
The key to experiencing that love is relationship with Him! Recognizing and accepting the work he did on the cross!
From the Garden of Eden to the Book of Revelation, Love Permeates the Bible. Yes, at times God has had to discipline His children, we have suffered the consequences of our own sinful actions, but His love is there, wooing, calling, and available.
“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)
If we except, or have excepted that love then we can also rest in that love:
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. (John 15:9)
To Abide meas to: to remain or continue, to dwell, or my favorite, to await in expectation!
Jesus love us, let us abide in His Love!