There are three words you probably need to hear from God today. No matter what circumstance you’re facing, these three words can breathe life, imbibe hope, and infuse joy:
Those three little words pop up again and again throughout Scripture. You’ll be hard pressed to read the Bible for very long before encountering our bighearted God and his love.
So why does God use the entire Bible and thousands of years of history to say these three simple words?
One of the things that I’ve wrestled with over the years is how do we baste ourselves in the reality of God’s love on a daily basis. I ache for the Father’s affection to be more than a mental assertion or factoid. It must make that long, arduous journey from my mind to my heart, then trek through every fiber of my being.
I long to be ravished by the love of God.
Why? Because if I am lavished by the love of God, then I can lavish others in his love, too.
One of the practical ways I’ve started making the Father’s affection a living reality is by spending time every day reading, reflecting, and meditating on the Scriptures in which God speaks of His love for us.
Here are a handful of the dozens of Scriptures I’ve been reading:
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” —Zephaniah 3:17
“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 8:38-39
“Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” —Psalm 63:3
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness." —Jeremiah 31:3
I’ve taken these and many others and printed them out on a sheet that I’ve read through morning after morning—underlining key words, circling powerful phrases, saturating myself in the truth of God’s affection. This simple practice has made an enormous difference in my life.
The Father’s love is that which should fill us to overflowing until it’s dripping out of us, a never-ending spring that baptizes us anew each day.
Each week, we're diving into The Sacred Echo book and Bible Study during the online Summer Bible Study.
- Watch. Session .002: I Love You on the DVD
- Write. Respond to the second session of homework in the workbook.
- Read. Chapters .003 & .004 in the book.
- Interact. Share what ideas or phrases that catch your attention. What God is challenging or showing you through the material. How we can pray for you. And of course, you're welcome to send in quirky questions, too, since I'll be interacting with them throughout our time together. Leave your thoughts at MargaretFeinberg.com or on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using #SacredEcho.
- Gather. Set a time to meet with your small group face-to-face, schedule a Skype date with your long-distance friends, and join the online community on Wednesday, June 11th at MargaretFeinberg.com.
*This week’s memory verse: Zephaniah 3:17