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An Unexpected Love


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Devotion for Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

An Unexpected Love

Read 1 Corinthians 2:6–16

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“What . . . no human mind has conceived”—the things God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

In her book Why We Love, anthropologist Helen Fisher said years of research led her to one clear conclusion: the need to love and be loved in return is a human drive that must be satisfied. She writes, “We need food. We need water. We need salt. We need warmth. And the lover needs the beloved. . . . Romantic love is a need; it is a fundamental human drive.”

If we are created in God’s image, and God Himself is love, then it makes sense that we are created with a need that only His divine love can fully satisfy. How do we open our hearts to understand the love of God, especially when we have only experienced the imperfect human version? This month we will consider the unexpected nature of God’s love, which as our key verse for today reminds us transcends anything we could imagine. 

In this letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul is justifying his authority. He did not write or preach based on his own power or wisdom, but he pointed to the wisdom that comes from God alone. Paul explains that the human mind cannot comprehend God by its own power or volition. As an example of this failure to understand who God is, Paul notes that humans approved the execution of Jesus Christ on the cross. If they had truly understood God and recognized Jesus as His Son, they would never have made this decision (v. 8).

We can see truth only when it is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. Through the Spirit, we can understand who God is and begin to understand how He loves us. When we see God through this divine lens, we are not only able to know who God is, but we, too, can be fully known.

This will begin to satisfy our deepest need of all: to know God’s love.

Apply the Word

“God loves me.” This simple phrase can be difficult to understand. How does God love us? Why does He love us? Is His love enough to satisfy our deepest longings? Make the phrase “God loves me” part of your prayer this month. Ask God to reveal His divine love to you and to show you, through the Holy Spirit, how His love can heal your heart and make you whole.

Pray with Us

Let us remember our students with thanksgiving in prayer today. Pray for their walk with God and spiritual growth during this school year, that they would be good stewards of their time and keep their focus upon the Lord.

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