“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!”1 John 3:1 –

What is perfect love? What is its source? How can we experience it?

Perfect love is altogether pure, compassionate, faithful, merciful. It is giving, caring, unconditional, everlasting. It fills our hearts and spirits with peace and hope. Perfect love cannot be found in this world. It is not natural… it is supernatural. All that is perfect love is manifested in God Himself.

“God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.”1 John 4:8-9

God is love. He is the source of eternal love. It is essential to His nature… at the heart of His very being. He is everything that is described by perfect love. God cannot do or be anything that is not loving. All the love of the universe is wrapped up in Him.

All mankind has a deep, innate need for love. We have a void within us that can only be filled by God’s endless love. We can search the world for anyone or anything to try to fill this void… yet nothing else will satisfy. Our God created us this way so we would look to Him as our source of perfect love.

God’s love for us is so vast, so deep, so high as to be unfathomable. We can never escape His love. It searches us out no matter where we are. He will leave the ninety-nine in search for us, the one lost sheep. When He finds us, He rejoices… for the one who was lost is now found by Him (Luke 15:4-6).

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him.”Psalm 103:11

God desires to show His love to His people, the crown of His creation. He longs for fellowship with us. He delights in showering us with His blessings. We are His valued treasure… His prized possession… the apple of His eye (Psalm 17:8). Nothing can ever separate us from His unfailing love.

Our God is ever-present. He is our Immanuel, “God with us”.  He lives in the hearts of all believers through His Spirit. He is a deep, abiding presence in our lives. All we could ever need or want can be found in Him. He is our heart’s desire.

How can we experience this perfect love? If God is the source of perfect love, then we can experience it only by drawing near to Him. We set our hearts on finding Him. We can never earn His love. Nothing we could ever do could make Him love us more. He loves us despite our fears and failures.

“God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”Romans 5:5

God draws us to Himself with His perfect love. If our hearts are receptive to His call, we accept Him into our lives as our Savior and Lord. He comes to make His home in our hearts (John 14:23). Our spirits are filled with His neverending love and peace.

We come to belong to God forever. Eternity makes its home within us. He becomes our life everlasting. We are sealed with an absolute guarantee of being His forevermore by the presence of His Holy Spirit.

Have you found this wondrous love? Have you discovered its source? Have you come to experience it in your life?

Has Jesus become your life? Is He your Savior and Redeemer? Is He your Immanuel who is ever with you? Have you experienced His perfect love?