Tea Time with Linda
a devotional by Linda Connors
God is Love
One of the first things God brought to my attention when I got saved in 1986 was 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. I discovered that 1 Corinthians 13 is known as “the Love chapter.” I’d cut my proverbial “spiritual teeth” on Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland cassettes. Through their lessons I began to realize my words have creative power, so I would quote the Love chapter out loud every day. I was already 35 years old, so you can see why that would be a great springboard for my new adventure of Christianity. Learning to walk in the “God-kind” of love was very different for me.
Having never read much of the scriptures before, it was a real eye-opener for me to learn the truth about love. I had always equated love with feelings and emotions. Biblical love will produce feelings and emotions, but those are not the root of love. 1 Corinthians 13 is not only a commandment from Jesus for interaction with others, but it also gives us some beautiful insights into the very heart of God concerning His love for us.
Recently I began to pray these scriptures like this:
“God you are patient with me; you are kind to me; you are not rude to me; you do not demand your way with me; you are not irritated with me; you keep no record of my wrongs; you never give up on me and your love will last forever toward me.”
I would encourage you to try reading it like that. It brings great love into your heart toward Him who first loved us. Another revelation of God’s love is found in Romans 5:8: “God showed his great love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
And I love David’s prayer to the Lord from Psalm 86:15: “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”
Merciful and Gracious, Abounding in Steadfast love! What a wonderful Abba Father we have. Knowing that makes me want to just love on Him more and more.