For a couple of years now, I have been telling our grandson, Roscoe, that he is a winner because God loves him. Recently he and his mum were playing a game and he lost. He said to his mum, “God must not love me.” I realized a 3 year old mind cannot comprehend what Romans 8:37 means. As I thought about it, I don’t think most of us understand. The verse says, “We are more than conquerors because of God’s love for us.” This does not mean that in every endeavor and outcome of our lives that we win. It doesn’t mean that bad things will not come our way. It means when we allow God’s love to control our attitudes, motives, and actions that we win. Nothing can get somebody down who allows love to control them.
Jesus said in John 14 that when we obey God’s commands we love. (John 14:15) Love is allowing God’s word to be the guide in our lives. It’s not about just being nice to others, although there is plenty of exhortations to do that in the bible. It’s about being obedient to God’s word. Jesus was completely obedient to the will of his Father and yet everyone was not happy with him. He didn’t please all the people, but he pleased his Father.
Love is about trusting God. It’s about believing he had our best interest in mind when the scriptures were written. It’s funny how we balk at doing what he wants us to do. Mostly it’s the little things that we balk at. For example….be nice to someone we don’t like; witness to people; be obedient and respectful to authority; do what we do because we love God, not to get someone’s attention; doing our best at work and school…The list goes on.
Love needs to be our motivation to do what we do. Keep in mind that because God is love that means he is our motivation. We do what we do because we want to act like him, just like small children imitate their parents. As we trust what his word says, we have a greater understanding of who God is and what love is. Giving ourselves more to him day by day causes us to allow his love to control us. When love controls us, we win because we act like him no matter what the outcome.
Always remember – We are overwhelmingly victorious because of God’s love for us.