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Defining Love

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.  1 John 4:18 NIV

defining loveDefining love isn’t the easiest thing to do.

A year after my father’s death, I reflected on love. I loved my father, and I know he loved me. Two months after his death, I walked away from an emotionally abusive relationship, where we used the word love but could rarely feel it.

I continued to reflect on love and God’s love for me. I wondered how I knew God loved me. I was instantly reminded that God has shown His love for the world and His church by displaying His love on a wooden cross two thousand years ago.

God reminds us every day when we wake up that He loves us, and the reason we love is that He first loved us. God is divine love, and He initiates love in our hearts and souls.

We should have boldness in our day-to-day life and not be filled with fear or worry because God’s love takes these things away.

God’s love changes our identity, future, and relationships. It affects how we relate to our family, friends, leaders, and teachers. It alters the way we love people around the world.

Today, thank God, who willingly sacrificed His Son to save us all, for His love. Let us soak in the love of our heavenly Father and display it for all to see.

What are some ways you can let others receive the love of God through your words and actions?

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Jasmine Beverley

Jasmine Beverley is based in London. She graduated from University with a degree in financial mathematics. She teaches mathematics at a secondary school and is currently enrolled at Kings College of Excellence Bible College. Jasmine has always had a passion for serving God and empowering women, which led her to launch Women’s Ministry Daughters of Adonai. She started writing at twenty-six when she felt she had a powerful message to share.