Loving with Relentless Love

 

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Loving with Relentless Love means to Love Unceasingly…and to know that you receive the Love of God with Unrelenting and Unconditional Mercy and Grace.

 

 

Relentless Love refers to love that is Unceasing, love which is eternal and has no end. It is a Love which pursues and is active. It is also the most precious Love;  “hesid” Love which is a term used in The Old Testament.

The Bible uses this word to describe a special characteristic of God and of people who are faithful to Him. It is the word hesed.

I. The word hesed is usually translated “kindness” or “lovingkindness.” It is one of the key theological concepts in the story of Ruth.

Hesed is difficult to translate because it stands for a cluster of ideas—love, mercy, grace, kindness. It wraps up in itself all the positive attributes of God.  Hesed is one of the Lord’s most treasured characteristics.

Hesed is a quality that moves someone to act for the benefit of someone else without considering “what’s in it for me?”

It may be translated as “loyal love.” Sometimes the emphasis is on “loyal” and other times the emphasis is on “love.”

“Love the Lord Your God with All Your Heart.” Love of God is a response of the whole of the believer- heart, soul, mind, and strength ( Deut 6:5 ; Matt 22:34-40 ; Mark 12:28-34 )to the whole of God. Jesus serves as the believer’s model ( John 14:21 ; Php 2:5-8 ). Obedience to God ( Deut 6:7 ; 7:9 ) and renunciation of the world-system ( 1 John 2:16 ) are critical elements of our love of God.

Sometimes, knowing God in this deep way  does not happen right away- but we can be Found…because His Love for us is Relentless

I, like many did not understand how the mind and entire heart are needed to respond to the whole of God. I could not fathom what “obedience to God” might mean other than goodwill and being kind and moral from my own egocentric perspective. How could I renunciate the world system? I was worldly but still and earnest seeker earlier in life, then I had given up material possessions; ambition and led a very spiritual life. I was passionately devoted to God, but did still not know Him.

Our love, however, is easily misdirected. Its object tends to become the creation rather than the Creator; it loses sight of the eternal for the temporal; it focuses on the self, often to the exclusion of God and others. We become idolaters, focusing a part or all of our love elsewhere. Sometimes we actually love a “substitute for God” rather than God Himself. Our culture is addicted to substitutes for feeling well, being the best, more peaceful and more successful but is this really a worthy goal – or rather will these things work long term. We get old, we cannot control the future, the economy, the weather, our health, relationships, life, circumstances, next week…Substitutes are like a “filler” that is a temporary fixer to feel a sense of control that keeps fear and insecurity, most of all the sense of not being full of Love…far away. 

The most interesting thing is that God is the Nearest Experience is all of Life. Not far, not distant nor out of your control. And He is permanent and safe. God fills everything. The weather and changes around you no longer are a threat to your inner security or well-being. An abundant source is filling you and sustaining you with miraculous love, Presence and His Power in your life. There is no substitute for that in the/His Universe.

The Love of God

“God Is Love.”Agape [ajgavph], the love theme of the Bible, can only be defined by the nature of God. John affirms that “God is love” ( 1 John 4:8 ). God does not merely love; he is love. Everything that God does flows from his love.

 

 

When we discover God, we find our true nature for He is our Creator. The Peace of being reunited with the One that truly Loves in a way so vast and Eternal is life-altering and the most profound and miraculous Gift that we can receive. It lies waiting for each of us like a seed in our hearts. We only need to listen, to respond and to seek the Salvation of God’s Call. Life turns over. Love enters. A relationship begins that will give life a new birth. We find The Beloved that has been seeking us.

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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

My Pastor, Tom Holliday from Alexandria Presbyterian Church asked us recently, “Who would you be willing to lay down your life for?. Do you know anyone that would be willing to lay their life down for you?” My heart beat quickly and gave me the answer to both questions. Yes. And Yes. Because I have been so deeply loved by God, I would pour that without limit for someone else. I have many brother and sisters in Christ and there are more that do not yet know him; I would lay down my life for them to bring them into His Love and preserve the Love that I have for them for all eternity.

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Relentless Love is everything about being a Christian. What is a Christian?

A Christian is someone who…

Has answered the call of Salvation. If you’ve accepted God’s gift of salvation, how has your life changed? Do you have the marks of a follower of Jesus Christ, a Christian? If so, your life will be characterized by love for others and obedience to God’s Word. 1 John 2:4-6 says, “Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”

a Christian is someone who…

has been born again by God (John 3:3; John 3:7; 1 Peter 1:23) and has put faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8 tells us that it is “…by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

A true Christian is a person who…

has put faith and trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ, including His death on the cross as payment for sins and His resurrection on the third day. John 1:12 tells us, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” The mark of a true Christian is love for others and obedience to God’s Word (1 John 2:4, 10). A true Christian is indeed a child of God, a part of God’s true family, and one who has been given new life in Jesus Christ.

and admits that they’re a member of the human race; a sinner; “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

and has realized that there are consequences to their sin in this life and for eternity; “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” & “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 6:23 & 5:8)

A Christian has…

accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior (repented of their sins and committed their life for Jesus Christ); “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”                                  (Romans 10:9-10)