3 Ways to Feel God’s Love

3 Ways to Feel God’s Love

The pouty face. Maybe you’ve seen one on your first-born or used it yourself. The eyes that look up under furrowed brows. The plump lower lip thrown in for added affect. The slow motion blinking of thickened eyelashes. An attempt to pull on our heartstrings as they plead for mercy or maybe our money.

How can I say no? How long will my anger last or wallet hold out? How many seconds will go by before I show love through my attitude or actions again? The beauty of exploring our relationship with the good Father is that we learn his heart through the way we treat our own.

“Where is another God like you, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the sins of his special people? You will not stay angry with your people forever, because you delight in showing unfailing love” (Mic. 7:18).

As our Creator and our Father, God delights to show us a kind of love like we have never experienced before. Scripture coins it “unfailing love” 121 times. The word “unfailing” can also mean certain, trustworthy, reliable, constant, and consistent. It is a love that endures all things and lasts beyond time itself.

Ponder those descriptions. Have you been experiencing an unending, unshakable, and abiding love? His love is not conditional in our circumstances, in response to our choices, or based on our character. “But God showed his great love for us in sending his son to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Rom. 5:8). He loved us before we were cleaned up or cooperative. He died for us while we still denied him.

Is there another God like him? One that demonstrates ceaseless, relentless love to his children? God is love and the love he gives is unfailing.

Did you grow up singing Jesus Loves Me? I did. Yet my challenge has been though I know with my mind Jesus love me, my heart fails to feel it. Like a barricade blocking a road. Like a plug pulled from the socket. I struggle to receive God’s love. Can you relate? If so, here is how we can plow through this barrier and plug back into the wall.

  1. Steep our minds in the truths of God love.
  2. Engage our hearts in an experience of his love.
  3. Open our hands to receive the gifts of his love.

As we engage our minds, hearts, and hands we need to ask for the aid of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will enable us to receive God’s unfailing love and bask in his adoration. When we take time to steep in God’s delight, his unfailing love will seep into the cracks of our hearts.

Restore

  • Do you struggle to feel God’s love? Is it like your reception is distorted or broken? What do you think the issue might be? Write out your thoughts.
  • In prayer, ask God to heal, forgive, repair, or restore whatever came to mind. It might be that the help of a Christian counselor, a pastor or your small group is needed to aid in your restoration. Seek help or you will always be hindered to feel one of the greatest gifts we are given, unfailing love.

Rehearse

  • What would you sacrifice for a friend? For a family member? How about someone who has hurt you? Let us steep our minds by meditating on 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” What kind of love would it take to do that? Describe.
  • Where do you most fully experience God? In worship, bible study, a walk through creation, relating with others, serving, solitude or prayer? If you don’t know or never have experienced God, let’s try worship. Let us try to engage our hearts like a dry sponge that is placed in a tub of warm water. Let’s soak in God’s love. Here is a suggested song to listen to on a walk or in a quiet corner of your home, My Beloved by Kari Jobe.
  • Have you ever been given a gift you didn’t open or gave back? Sometimes our struggle is that we don’t receive the gifts God is using to show us his love. We are too distracted to see the sunset. We are too proud to take the money. We are too independent to welcome the help. Today let us pause to receive a gift from God. I don’t know what that might be, but be on the look out. Maybe it will show up in creation or through a friend. Maybe it will be a word of encouragement or a provision. Look for it. When it shows up. Unwrap it. Welcome it as a gift and feel the love God is trying to show in giving it to you.

Father, you call us “beloved.” You call us “mine” (Song 6:3 NIV). What endearing terms of affection. What great lengths you have gone to that we may enjoy you and your love for us. You love your daughters but sometimes we struggle to feel it. Like a little girl on stage, help us dance before you and feel your delight. May we allow your adoration to seep into our souls. Love, Your Daughters

 

About Erin Nicole Thompson

Erin Nicole Thompson is a fun-loving and authentic momma to 4 littles, wife of a ruggedly handsome Pastor, and as she likes to think, the CEO of her home operations. She delights in worship, cooking with good music, the sweet faces of her sleeping children, adult conversations, and some quiet time at Starbucks. She loves to serve alongside, encourage, and equip young and seasoned women. Erin is grateful to be part of what God is doing at The Chapel, a multi-campus church in Northern Chicago-land where her husband, Dave, pastors the Lake Zurich Campus. Presently, she lives to dream and follow God as he writes her story.