God Loves You Because He Wants To! 18 April The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
Do you know what the Ten Commandments mean? To the Western mind, they mean Dont you dare steal, or kill, or covet. But to a covenant-minded person who understands Gods hesed, they mean something entirely different. Hesed is a covenant word. It means Gods mercy, kindness, tender mercies, His lovingkindness and fidelity. Its His unconditional love for you. To the covenant man, God is saying in the Ten Commandments, Listen, son, there isnt any need for you to covet that fellows wife. I have one prepared just for you. Theres no need for you to murder anyone. Bring the problem to Me. Ill repay. You have a covenant with Me. Theres no need for you to become a thief. Ill meet your needs according to My riches in glory. All you need to do is live in love and faith. Ill take care of the rest. If youll develop the kind of heart and mind that thinks and acts like this, it will make you fearless. Love…mercy…hesed casts out fear. (See 1 John 4:18.) I can just hear your mind working. Oh, Brother Copeland, that sounds great. But Ive done some rotten things since Ive been a Christian. Ive messed up my part of the covenant pretty bad. No, you havent. You cant mess up this covenant because its not between you and God. Its between God and Jesus. You cant break it. You can get out of fellowship with it, turn your back on it and refuse to receive its benefits. It will always still be there when you repent. Yeah, but I just dont understand how God could still love me after all Ive done. Listen, the agape-hesed of God isnt affected by what you do or dont do. It is an unconditional act of His will. God loves you because He wants to love you. He loves you because you and He are connected by the pure covenant blood of Jesusand theres nothing you can do to change that. Thats what agape-hesed is! So dont let the devil deceive you one more moment. You are worthy to receive Gods unconditional love. The blood of Jesus has provided you this love. Receive it. Its yours. Remember: He loves you because He wants to!Judges 12-13; Romans 7The blood of Jesus makes me worthy to receive Gods unconditional love. I will receive and walk in that love today. 1 John 4:16-21
Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:16-21