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Created to Love


by Charles F. Stanley

Have you ever wondered if your life has a purpose? The Word of God says it does—one that is both noble and desirable: Every believer was created by the Father to love and be loved.

God loves you personally and individually, without limit or qualification. He desires to shower you with His affection and kindness. Let me assure you of several things:

God’s love is the most important thing we can know about Him.

The very essence of God’s being—in other words, His personality and nature—is love (1 John 4:8). It is the reason Jesus came to earth, lived a victorious life, and then died to restore man’s relationship with the Father (John 3:16). The most important decision we can ever make is to receive this gift of God.

The Lord’s affection is absolute, unwavering, and sacrificial. Moreover, His love is not subject to favoritism. He cares for the sinner as much as He does for the saint. In our human pride or our desire to be “someone special,” we may find that fact difficult to comprehend. But God grants love to each person.

The Bible tells us that the rain falls on the just and the unjust, and the sun shines on the righteous and the wicked (Matt. 5:45). This means that with or without faith in God, everyone experiences certain benefits and blessings from Him. But the person who receives Jesus as Savior is in a position to reap the blessings that accompany an outpouring of love into his or her life.

The Lord’s love is not based upon what we do, what we have, or what we achieve. He freely gives it to us simply because we are His creation. We cannot win or earn more of God’s favor—it has nothing to do with performance. Accept and delight in this truth.

The most important response we can make is to reciprocate God’s love.

John said it simply and eloquently: “We love Him because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19, NKJV). And Jesus said the first and foremost commandment was this: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matt. 22:37). The only acceptable response to God’s great outpouring of love toward you is to love Him back.

We can choose to rebel. And while this doesn’t affect God’s nature, it will change us. Those who refuse to acknowledge and receive divine love cut themselves off from great blessing. Not only that, but such individuals typically yield to anger, hatred, and bitterness. To harden one’s heart toward the Father is the supreme act of rebellion—in doing so, a person hurts himself far more than he hurts others. Humbly receiving God, on the other hand, brings good into one’s life.

Satan constantly tries to convince us that if we follow Jesus, we will have to give up personal freedom, identity, and pleasure. But those who live apart from God’s love inevitably discover their rebellion did not make them any freer. They may not go to jail, but they end up in emotional or psychological prisons—caught in addiction or trapped by feelings of resentment. The longer they live separated from the Lord’s love and mercy, the less pleasure they find in life. In that situation, it’s easy to become cynical, jaded, critical—and in the end, apathetic to nearly everything.

But those who embrace and reciprocate God’s love enjoy inner freedom they never imagined. They develop as individuals, discovering hidden talents and abilities. They experience true delight in the Father’s creation and know the joy of perpetual discovery.

When we choose to love and obey God, we can be sure He will guide us toward doing what will bring about the greatest fulfillment in life.

God’s love is our ultimate reason to hope.

If we know with certainty that God loves us and desires good for our lives, what is there to fear? Hope in Christ is for everyone. It compels us not to remain in a state of dread, doubt, or worry but to seek transformation by the Holy Spirit’s power. Trust encourages us to anticipate God’s best and look for the dawning of a new day.

Our heavenly Father is generous—even extravagant—in His love. Open your heart and allow the Lord to shower more of His good gifts upon you.

You will never regret yielding your life to Him.

 

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  • February 05, 2014 03:48 PM

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    Excellant as expected from the perspective of a man who has walked with God for many years. Thank you Dr Stanley for letting the rest of us know that we too may have that close and personal relationship with our heavenly Father.
  • January 29, 2014 06:48 PM

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    My father in heaven is all mighty, all mercy, kindness, funny, brilliant,majestic,my all where would I be without Him. One guess in hell,I cannot thank him enough,for saving a wretch like me.I feel so humbled when I think that this Almighty God of the universe is my heavenly father, how Awesome That he chose me.
  • November 25, 2013 12:20 AM

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    My husband of 42 years recently went to be with our Lord. God's love has been caring me during this time...what an awesome God, Heavenly Father.
  • January 17, 2013 03:10 AM

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    If it were not for the Love, Grace, and Mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ, I would not have made it to the place I am or lived as long as I have. This week Dr. Stanley touched on the fact that some medical illness we have no idea why they happen. I am one of those people. I have learned that through trusting Jesus not only will I continue to live but He will continue to use me despite my limitations. I am able to share the Word with people in the LCH group I belong to because they want to know how and why I have the "good outlook and attitude" that I have going through all that I do. I thank Jesus that He is seen even via the internet. And I thank the Lord for Dr. Stanley's program as many times it is just too dangerous for me to be in public due to a compromised immune system. Thank you for feeding me, my soul, the Word of God Dr. Stanley.
  • January 17, 2013 02:30 AM

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    addressing comment on Jan. 13 re: HURT. I know. Whether we refer to emotional or physical pain, you need to know that you're not alone. Buckets of tears, exhaustion... "I'm just done" you may think or say or feel. Please know that The Holy Spirit's Love for you is infinite. It may be the hardest thing to believe, to allow to sink in, I get it. Sometimes I think I was simply born afraid and in Self-Destruct mode, but I will tell you this: I AM DONE. Done living a life apart from God's Love. Bitterness, resentment, hatred, vengeance, all resulting from attempts to fill the emptiness with everything and anything but The Lord. You tell that lyin' devil to get back to Hell. You are not done, and you are with God RIGHT NOW, let him in. Open your heart! I've attempted to take my life 5 times, and I almost made it two years ago. No way, Brother/Sister--stick with the weary army--we all hurt! You don't have to be the strongest, most decorated soldier on the battlefield; you are LOVED, wanted, worthy and deserving in our Lord's eyes. Ask for forgiveness. He can do what no man can. Forgive others. Forgive yourself. What freedom there is in letting go of resentment and hatred and bitterness--blame is a heavy heavy burden. Be nice to YOU; you're a child of God! We all seek the dazzling light of JOY, but see that little spark? Thank God it's not so dark!
  • January 15, 2013 11:59 AM

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    I'm so thankful for God's love, grace, and mercy. He is my everything and I love Him with all my heart, soul, and mind.
  • January 14, 2013 08:49 AM

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    It's so easy to get caught up in the world and feel lost & alone. Thank-you for this message reminding us of God's unconditional love for us. If we only really knew how to love Him in return, our Country would be in a much better place.
    May we all pray for His return, to take us to Himself.
  • January 13, 2013 05:25 PM

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    I love it, God fills our heart with his love to be shared with others, be it our family, friends, stranger, homeless etc.....it's a never ending supply of love, so love as many people as you can in a lifetime....each day is a lifetime.....God Bless you all....
  • January 13, 2013 03:59 PM

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    I LOVE MY LORD WITH ALL MY HEART AND SOUL, BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT!
  • January 13, 2013 03:12 PM

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    It is so amazing to read all this comments and love for GOD the FATHER.
  • January 13, 2013 01:31 PM

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    I am so happy that Jesus is lord and has given me a second chance a wife and kids and grandchildren:)
  • January 13, 2013 10:28 AM

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    I know God loves me unconditionally and is HE is with me every step of the way, but I am still hurting SO BAD and I just want to go and be with him NOW because the hurt is too much for me to bear.
  • January 13, 2013 09:48 AM

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    GOD LOVES YOU AND WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU FOR EVER AND EVER..
  • January 13, 2013 07:43 AM

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    What a awesome, great, wonderful God her is and whose love is perfect for all of us!
  • January 13, 2013 05:49 AM

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    I'm bless to know Him his love endure forever
  • January 07, 2011 05:38 PM

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    God is the most awsume. He is pure Love. He also when in his presence keeps his promise to you also. There aren't words to express what he can and will do for all of us.There is nothing greater than our Lord
  • December 10, 2010 08:40 AM

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    8 stars
  • December 06, 2010 11:59 AM

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    God was, God is, God will be forever and ever.
  • December 01, 2010 06:40 AM

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    what a wonerful article ,to know that my father wants nothing but the best for me. In all that i do in this life HE is there every step of the way AMEN
  • July 02, 2010 06:35 PM

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    To Love God is the Ultimate thing.

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