Welcome back to bible study, as we discuss Breaking Free Week 8 by Beth Moore. It seems like a perfect time to study unfailing love. This week we’re learning about matters of the heart, from a Biblical perspective.
We learned this week that God’s love ENDURES forever. An enduring love will never cease no matter what we do. Many of us have experienced a human love that fails. Maybe it was a broken love between parent and child. Or a marriage where the love failed to endure. But the love of God does endure. He is capable of it because of His character.
Enduring or everlasting love, in original Greek, means long duration, antiquity, futurity, forever, ever, everlasting, evermore, perpetual, old, ancient, world; ancient time, long time (of past); forever, always; continuous existence, perpetual; everlasting, indefinite or unending future, eternity.
Open your Bible and personalize Romans 8:38-39. For (your name) is convinced that neither ______, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate (your name) from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIV)
When you think about this verse, what has satan used against you? Maybe it has been distraction and busyness. But this verse says they cannot separate you from God’s love. Maybe it has been anxiety, sadness, or grief? But this verse says they cannot separate you from God’s love. Perhaps your success, failure, or pride tempts you to feel unloved. But this verse says they cannot separate you from God’s love. Nothing can stop God from loving you. His love endures forever. As we learned in Breaking Free by Beth Moore, rejection by people is not a rejection by God. His love endures.
Turn your Bible to Proverbs 20:6 NIV: Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? Although human love fails, God’s love never fails. Human love is not the same as God’s supernatural love.
Knowing this, the rebellious who have been freed should be FAITHFUL to tell of His works. You’ll notice in our study book that Beth Moore never tells the details of her sin, she generalizes it. Her point is, even if we are rebellious GOD is still faithful.
It’s often said, “We have freedom of choice but not freedom from consequences.” God might allow rebellion to become a heavy burden after a while. When we resubmit to God…we say farewell to unhealthy friends or habits we once enjoyed. Our past rebellion creates sympathy for people still in rebellion. For many of us, these burdens led us back to God.
Can you think of a time when you were suddenly awash with the magnitude of God’s love for you? This is a Godstop, a milestone marker in your journey of faith. If you have not done so yet, ask the Holy Spirit to fill you.
Remember, in John 15:9 ESV Jesus says: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. How do we “abide” in His love? We stay in His Word and read our Bibles daily. We worship God and become good stewards of what He has given us.
Having the Holy Spirit abiding in your heart is a beautiful feeling and experience. Seek it.
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