God Loves You Because He Wants To!
Do you know what the Ten Commandments mean? To the Western mind, they mean “Don’t you dare steal, or kill, or covet.” But to a covenant-minded person who understands God’s hesed, they mean something entirely different.
Hesed is a covenant word. It means “God’s mercy, kindness, tender mercies, His lovingkindness and fidelity.” It’s His unconditional love for you.
To the covenant man, God is saying in the Ten Commandments, “Listen, son, there isn’t any need for you to covet that fellow’s wife. I have one prepared just for you. There’s no need for you to murder anyone. Bring the problem to Me. I’ll repay. You have a covenant with Me.
“There’s no need for you to become a thief. I’ll meet your needs according to My riches in Glory. All you need to do is live in love and faith. I’ll take care of the rest.”
If you’ll develop the kind of heart and mind that thinks and acts like this, it will make you fearless. Love…mercy…hesed casts out fear. (See 1 John 4:18.)
I can just hear your mind working. Oh, Brother Copeland, that sounds great. But I’ve done some rotten things since I’ve been a Christian. I’ve messed up my part of the covenant pretty bad.
No, you haven’t. You can’t mess up this covenant because it’s not between you and God. It’s between God and Jesus.
You can’t break it. You can get out of fellowship with it, turn your back on it and refuse to receive its benefits. It will always still be there when you repent.
“Yeah, but I just don’t understand how God could still love me after all I’ve done.”
Listen, the agape-hesed of God isn’t affected by what you do or don’t do. It is an unconditional act of His will. God loves you because He wants to love you. He loves you because you and He are connected by the pure covenant blood of Jesus—and there’s nothing you can do to change that. That’s what agape-hesed is!
So don’t let the devil deceive you one more moment. You are worthy to receive God’s unconditional love. The blood of Jesus has provided you this love. Receive it. It’s yours. Remember: He loves you because He wants to!
Speak the Word
The blood of Jesus makes me worthy to receive God’s unconditional love. I will receive and walk in that love today. (1 John 4:16-21)
Heiligschriftstudium: 1 John 4:16-21