SCHOOL: Foundation

God is Love (1 John 4:16)!  It is not that He feels love every now and then, or that He is in the mood to love you today and not tomorrow.  It is His very divine nature (2 Peter 1:4).  He cannot turn from it (James 1:17) or deny it (2 Tim 2:13).  God's Love is like the sun, whose very nature churns and moves and blows up on the inside.  God's love constantly moves Him (Gal 5:6) to a reach you, and bless you, and make you a blessing in the earth.  God's eyes go back and forth in the earth seeking to show Himself strong on your behave (Ps 34:15, Gen 6:8).  God holds you as the apple of His eye (Ps 17:8, Dt 32:10), ever looking lovingly on you.  His thoughts towards you are more than the sand of the sea (Ps 139:17-18), to give you a hope and a future (Jer 29:11).  God loves you.  He desires to show you lovingkindnesses (Ps 103:4, Ps 42:8, Isa 63:7), so that you will value His Love and fellowship with Him.

What is it:

                I John     4:16-17
                And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.
                God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God,and God in him.
                Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have
                boldness in the day of judgment: because as he
                is, so are we in this world.

God is Love!  And the love He has shown toward us is to give up the most precious thing He had, His Son - Jesus, for us!

                Eph        2:4
                But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great
                love wherewith he loved us,

                I John     3:1
                Behold, what manner of love the Father hath
                bestowed upon us, that we should be called the
                sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us
                not, because it knew him not.

That we might become sons of God, full heirs of God's riches, with Christ Jesus!  Whatever you have need of, He has already given it to you thru Jesus, because He loves you!  He wants you to have an intimate relationship with Him!

How do I get Him:

                I John     4:15
                Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of
                God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

You receive Him!  Receive His love for you today!  His love in your marriage, in your finances, in your total life!  He loves you with an everlasting love!  He seeks to bless you and comfort you!  He desires to meet your every need!  Call upon Him today!

How do I use love:

                I John     4:18
                There is no fear in love; but perfect love
                casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He
                that feareth is not made perfect in love.

You don't "use" love in the content of taking advantage of love or of someone.  But you "use" love by calling upon it.  Your children don't use you.  They call upon you to help them, because they know you love them and care for them.  Love is an open, honest, sincere need and desire to bless one another!  We "use" love by opening up our hearts to it, and giving God free access to come in and meet the need.  If your child refused to receive help from you1, then he is refusing your love, and there is no open access.

Knowing God's love for us allows us to have that complete confidence in Him, that He will not fail us.  This allows us to hold onto our hope, and move in faith.  It totally removes fear! The love of God gives strength to faith to totally drive fear out!  Praise God!

                Gal        5:6
                For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision
                availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but
                faith which worketh by love.

                Isaiah    43:26
                Put me in remembrance: let us plead together:
                declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.

The way to put love to work, just like your child would put your love to work, is by making a call upon it.  If your child's birthday was coming up, and they came and asked you for a little red bicycle, your love would cause you to say "yes".  So God's promises are "yes" and "amen".  Your child would not come up to you the second day and ask for a bicycle again.  "Please, please, give me a bicycle?"  Or the third day with tears in their eyes, hearts in anguish, kneeling on the floor, crying out to you!  That would not be profitable.  It would only continually tear your heart up and theirs for something that has already been granted.  But if your child came up the second day and said, "I just wanted to tell you I love you and appreciate the things you always have done for me.  And I specifically thank you for that bicycle!  My joy is full because of it as I wait in anticipation for it!"  Then the third day you go outside and hear your child saying to their friends,  "I love my parents so much!  They are buying me a brand new red bicycle for me for my birthday!  Just because I asked!  They really care for me and love me!"  It would fill your spirit with joy!  So it does your heavenly Father's!

                Jeremiah  31:3
                The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying,
                Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting
                love:  therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

                Psalms    42:8
                Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in
                the daytime, and in the night his song shall
                be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

                Ezekiel   16:60
                Nevertheless I will remember my covenant with
                thee in the days of thy youth, and I will
                establish unto thee an everlasting covenant.

                Jeremiah   2:2
                Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus
                saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of
                thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou
                wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

                Acts      10:4
                And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and
                said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy
                prayers and thine alms
                are come up for a memorial before God.

A memorial!  A remembrance!
God remembers you.  He remembers His covenant.  He loves you!

                Deut       7:13
                And he will love thee, and bless thee, and
                multiply thee:  he will also bless the fruit
                of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy
                corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the
                increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy
                sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy
                fathers to give thee.

What is His will for you?  The above verse says "and He will"!  That is His "Will"!  When you say you "will" do something, it is because that is your "will".  When you say you "will not" or "won't" do something, it is because it is not your "will".  God tells us clearly in His Word what His "Will" is.  For His "Will" and His "Word" are one.  Glory!  It is God's Will to perform His Word in your life.  He is faithful and just to perform it.  We need to call upon Him, to confess His Word back unto Him.  He has sent His Word.  He expects it to dwell in us.  As we "speak" His Word, it will not return void to Him, for He watches over it to perform it.  He loves you!

                Psalms    57:2
                I will cry unto God most high; unto God that
                performeth all things for me.

                Isaiah    44:26
                That confirmeth the word of his servant, and
                performeth the counsel of his messengers; that
                saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and
                to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I
                will raise up the decayed places thereof:

                Isaiah    55:11
                So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my
                mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it
                shall accomplish that which I please, and it
                shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

                Jeremiah   1:12
                Then said the Lord unto me, Thou hast well seen:
                for I will hasten my word to perform it.

                Jeremiah  11:5
                That I may perform the oath which I have sworn
                unto your fathers, to give them a land flowing
                with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then
                answered I, and said, So be it, O Lord.


God's love manifested as compassion moves men to faith.
That is, God's love as compassion works faith:


                Psalms    86:15
                But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion,
                and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in
                mercy and truth.

                Romans     2:4
                Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness
                and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing
                that the goodness of God leadeth thee to


                Matthew   14:14
                And Jesus went forth, and saw a great
                multitude, and was moved with compassion
                toward them, and he healed their sick.

                Mark       6:34
                And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people,
                and was moved with compassion toward them,
                because they were as sheep not having a
                shepherd:  and he began to teach them many things.

                SEE: Matt 9:35-36, Matt 15:32, Matt 20:34, Mark 1:41, Luke 7:13-14


                Luke      10:33
                But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came
                where he was: and when he saw him, he had
                compassion on him,

                Luke      15:20
                And he arose, and came to his father. But when
                he was yet a great way off, his father saw
                him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on
                his neck, and kissed him.

                Matthew   18:27
                Then the lord of that servant was moved with
                compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him
                the debt.

                Matthew   18:33
                Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on
                thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

                SEE: Matt 18:33, Exodus 2:6

Dynamics of Love:


                Psalms    18:1-2
                I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.
                The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my
                deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will
                trust; my buckler, and the horn of my
                salvation, and my high tower.

As we dwell in the love of God, no storm, no affliction, no attack of the devil can touch us.  Though Satan may cause all around us to be in turmoil, though he may have those close to us saying hurting and cruel things, as long as we dwell in the love of God, Satan cannot touch us.  Then from this high tower, we can see how to meet the needs of these people, moved by compassion toward them, moved by love toward faith.  We can see how these people, who are being used by Satan against us, are in utter darkness.  We can see how they are hurting, without hope, reaching out and ever grasping.  From the high tower of God's love, we can reach out to signing, dying, crying humanity and effectually bring them into the love and healing power of God.


                Psalms    18:29
                For by thee I have run through a troop; and by
                my God have I leaped over a wall.

One of Satan's tactics is to cause emotional hurt and despair, or anger and unforgiveness, or even empathy and indifference.  Many times these come thru words and actions of others.  Sometimes these are the very people who we are trying to help.  Only thru dwelling in the love of God can we run thru the troop of evil spirits attacking us on every side, and not receive crippling emotional injuries which cause us to fall from a place of faith.

Then God's love, thru us, will allow us to leap over every wall Satan throws up to stop and hinder us.  God's love, thru us, will even leap over the walls of hurt and fear in other people, enabling us to reach them.  God's love will tear down those emotional separations, and enable us to draw those hurting people into the love and delivering power of God.

Continue in His Love:

                I John     3:18
                My little children, let us not love in word,
                neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.