Have you ever known the Love of God? Is it possible? Is it real? Have you ever fallen upon your knees, begging Jesus to save your child, your marriage, your wife?
Has He healed you of cancer, protected you in a car accident, or led you to a safe place? Has He provided medical help, a car, or a home?
For many who are Believers, who live lives devoted to following the leadership of Christ, in prayer and through the reading of the Word — these miracles are not unusual occurrences. Rather, they are what is to be expected. In their hearts and minds is the Love of God. And the Love of God is His Law. And the Law of God surpasses and is above all other law.
In the Gospel of Matthew 22, verse 37, a great debate is going on about the Law, between a Pharisaical lawyer and Jesus. Jesus tells the lawyer that the greatest commandment God gives is to love Him first, with everything we have within us—heart, soul, and mind.
This verse comes right out of the Old Testament as well, Deuteronomy 6:5:
“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” ~Moses (NASB) This book and verse were written in Hebrew; the word for love is ‘ahab—the definition includes the kind of love we should have for The Lord.(Strong’s #H157)
The word used for love in the New Testament is listed as an old Greek word, agapa? – to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly. (Strong’s #G25)
“And a second is like it, You shall love (agapa?) your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend (hang) all the law and the prophets.” ~Jesus (Matthew 22: 39-40, NOAB)
We are not told to love others more than ourselves. Neither are we told to love ourselves more than others. We are to love others as we love ourselves. As the Holy Spirit lives within the Believer, so does God’s love. When we express agapa? love to others, we are giving them God’s love.
It is just as important to love and care for one’s self as it is to love others. Perhaps even more so. If one isn’t well, for example, how can he or she help others? God’s love to each of us, helps us even to see ourselves as He does.
God’s Law is Love, because He is Love. His love is immense, cutting through the fog of life like a double-edged sword. His love is faithful, true protection in a fallen and dying world. He does not turn His back upon us, but is forgiving, as we turn to Him with humble hearts. (…and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.~ 2 Chronicles 7:14, NASB)
Joan Marie Forness knows The Lord well. A former teacher, she is no longer here on Earth, but has gone home to be with Jesus. Her book, The Perfect Love of God, has been published posthumously, for a reason — to proclaim Who God is. It is truly a Holy Spirit-led inspiration, supported with Scripture and prayer. Joan Marie lived a life dedicated to God’s work — the teaching of God’s love for us.
Any teacher and writer must know his or her topic well. Because the one who teaches the Law – which is Love — must know and understand the Law. She also knows the Maker of the Law. The understanding is important, because without it, the Law becomes distorted by improper thinking.
Joan Marie’s book, prepared for reading by Dr. Helena Mariades, Th.D., takes the reader through the process of being transformed into what Jesus Christ wishes us to be — complete in Him, free of fear, doubt, and worry.
I highly recommend The Perfect Love of God as a personal devotional and as a Bible study resource. If you have never lived a life free of fear, or a life without love — I want you to know that that life is possible — for anyone who calls upon The Name of Jesus Christ.