Class 13: Let God Love You (Part 1)
Today, we are beginning a new study titled, LET GOD LOVE YOU.
Allow me to begin with a word from Joyce Meyer. She said, “I am radically, insanely, nutty in love with Jesus! He has set me free!”
William Arthur Ward said, “Does God love us because we are special — or are we special because God loves us?”
Let’s begin by reviewing what we covered in our last class:
We learned three more important points about meditating on and obeying the Word of God in our daily lives. First, we learned that we need to incorporate Bible verses into our prayers. Second, we learned the importance of reading and/or quoting certain Bible verses aloud. Third, we learned the benefits of keeping a journal about what we read from Scripture for both reflection and application.
Now, please pull out your text and your digital study guide or follow along on the screen. First, I will read the entire corresponding letter in the book, Letters to Young Black Women. Then we will proceed with this lesson:
Dear Daughters & YBW:
I really want you to understand that God loves you. He really does. Now, I am not just saying that. Rather, I really want you to get it because so many young women have messed up their lives seeking love in all the wrong places.
According to I John 4:8: “God is love.” True love emanates from God. This love is called agape love, which is unconditional and unselfish love. His love accepts you just as you are. May I encourage you to bask in the love of God?
Here’s how you can enjoy the love of God:
First, you must understand that God loves you so much that He will never forsake you. “For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5b). Remember once you trust Christ as Saviour, you will always be His Child. God’s love will never fail you. It has never failed me, and it won’t fail you either.
Second, you must keep your mind on God. The Bible says in Isaiah 26:3: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” If you want to enjoy the love and peace of God throughout your life, keep your mind on God all day, every day.
Third, another way to enjoy the love of God is to stay in constant contact with Him. Consider with me the following verses that encourage us to stay in touch with God:
“Pray without ceasing.” —I Thessalonians 5:17
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” —Ephesians 6:18
“Men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” —Luke 18:1
Fourth, another way to enjoy the love of God is to make sure you don’t break fellowship with him through disobedience and sin. “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:6 & 7).
Fifth, another great way to enjoy the love of God is by sharing His love with others. The Lord commissions us, as His children, to share His love with others in what is called “the Great Commission.” “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:19-20).
If you want to share God’s love with others, here’s a quick and easy way to do it:
A. Help them to understand that according to the Bible, we are all sinners, and that we all deserve punishment in Hell. Show them Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23.
B. Tell them that God loves them so much that He sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for their sins. Show them John 3:16.
C. Tell them that they must trust Jesus Christ to save them. Show them Romans 10:9-13.
Daughters and YBW, bask in the love of God throughout your life, and be the happy, peaceful, powerful, vibrant, Christian woman that God wants you to be.
With the Love of God,
Now, please follow along as we begin our study:
God’s love for us is unconditional and everlasting. He does not love us based upon what we do or who we are but because He is love. First John 4:8 says, “God is love.” You will never experience true love until you have experienced the love of God in your life. His love accepts you just as you are with all your faults, mistakes, and imperfections. Nothing in the world can beat the love of God. It is important that you understand this as you go through life because there will be many times when you may not feel loved by family members or friends. When you begin to feel unloved, you need to remind yourself that God is love and He shows His love to us each day, all day, no matter what is going on in our lives.
How can you enjoy the love of God in your life? Let us look at the following ways:
1. God loves you so much that He will never forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5 says, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
I want you to really focus and meditate on the last part of that verse, “…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” This verse promises that God will be with us all the days of our lives — in good times and in bad times, when it is raining and when the sun is shining, when we are up and when we are down — God will be with us no matter what. The people who truly believe in Jesus Christ will have His presence in their lives — in life, in death, and forever. When the presence of God is with you at all times, you can be confident that He hears your prayers, that you can call on Him for help, and that you do not have to fear people or difficult situations. The presence of God eliminates the need to fear, doubt, worry, or become anxious. God proves His love for us by being with us and allowing us to experience His presence and peace in our lives.
2. God loves you so much that He rewards those who love Him back by working everything out for their good.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
We don’t love God to get things. We don’t love God for Him to do things for us or bless us in some way. We love God because God loved us first. However, God promises that for those who trust Him and love Him, He will work out every situation for their good according to His purpose for their lives. This is a promise. This does not mean that everything will work out according to how we think it should work out because oftentimes we really do not know what is best for us. But God does. Ultimately, He has our best interests at heart. He will work everything out for our good and He knows full well what is good for us, far more and far better than we do. Those who love God will be found living in obedience to God, thus God sees fits to work out situations in their best interest. Whatever problems or difficulties arise in your life, if you love God and trust God and obey God, you can be sure that He will use these situations to contribute to the good of your life.
3. You can experience and enjoy the love of God by keeping your mind stayed on Him.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
We experience and enjoy the love of someone by staying close to them, talking to them, and thinking about them. So it is with Jesus Christ. In order to experience the unconditional, selfless love of Christ, we must keep our minds stayed on Him. This means that we think about Him, His words, His will, His purposes, and His callings on a daily basis. We don’t just pray to Him in the morning and then go about doing our agenda. We don’t just read a passage from Scripture and then get up forgetting what we have read. No, we consciously put our minds on His will for us and what He wants to accomplish in our lives. When we put our minds on Him, He promises to keep us in perfect peace. The peace God gives is not freedom from trouble or heartbreak or difficulty, it is found in having a proper relationship with God and being reconciled to the Creator. The world’s peace is based on having favorable circumstances, but the peace of God surpasses natural understanding; it exists in the most unfavorable of circumstances. In order to have peace in every area of our lives, we must be in right relationship with God, be willing to do His will, and keep our minds and hearts stayed on Him. Jesus made a clear demarcation between His peace and the world’s peace.
In our next class, we will continue our study, “LET GOD LOVE YOU”.
Maude Royden said: “When you have nothing left but God, then for the first time you become aware that God is enough.”
Now, like many of you, I grew up in a very religious and church-going family, and during that time, I often heard the phrase “Being Saved.” Now, much of what church people said “being saved” was back then especially, in my community, is wrong according to the Bible. I wrote an article about it titled “On ‘Being Saved’ in Black America” which is available for you to read free of charge on our website, gospellightsociety.com. Right now, I want to share with you very briefly what the Bible says “being saved” really is.
First, understand that you need to be saved because you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, understand that a horrible punishment — eternal Hell — awaits those who are not saved. In Matthew 25:41, Jesus Christ said that God will say to those who are not saved, “depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Third, realize that God loves you very much and wants to save you from Hell. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you want to be saved from Hell and be guaranteed a home in Heaven, simply believe in Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose from the dead for your sins, and then call upon Him in prayer and ask Him to save your soul. And believe me, He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” That is the most important decision you will ever make.
God bless you and keep you until we meet for our next class.