Wow - these verses are truly amazing! Many of you have probably heard them a lot, but don't let your familiarity with them dull your senses to how truly incredible they are.
In 1 John 4:8, it says, "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." This helps make these verses less abstract because it's not just talking about the concept of love, it's talking about God, our Father who is love itself. God is patient, God is kind.
Reread the verses by replacing "Love" with "God".
That's the God we serve. One who never withholds goodness. He gives abundantly in love and kindness. Some of you may be having a hard time taking this in. Maybe you're thinking, "Why did this thing in my life happen then?", "Why don't I feel loved by God if He loves so much?". I'll be honest (and potentially pretty unhelpful) - I don't know. I don't know why certain things have happened or why you feel the way you do, but because of these verses, I ask you to hope again.
Maybe you'll get an explanation one day, but maybe you won't. I believe, though, that God has deep love and healing for your heart. I do know that He sees you. Every one of you and every part of you. He hasn't missed a moment of your life and hasn't wasted one tear that you've cried. He loves you deeply as His child. Let these verses bring hope where hope has been lost. Because your God loves you and has good things ahead for you. Don't fear to hope in love again.
- Michele Houston