What Does God Say About Your Heaven? – Part 2

In the first of this 2-part series, we looked at the nature of the kingdom of God, including its eternal manifestation, how it’s going to be a good thing (prepared by Jesus) and of the urgency regarding accepting Christ as your Savior and living a godly life in order to position yourself to receive it.

We also briefly looked at the horrendous set of events that will take place near the end of time, which will bring suffering upon those who don’t side with God; and we ended with questioning whether or not these events would apply to the children of God as well. Thank God, the answer is a resounding ‘no!’

Instead, God creates this vast holy city called ‘New Jerusalem’ for all of His saints to dwell within and He lives there too! In addition, the earth and the cosmos it was suspended in are both transformed into an idyllic paradise for His children to spend eternity in. (Ps. 102:25 – 27; Is. 65:17 – 19; 2 Pt. 3:12, 13; Rv. 21:1 – 7 & 22 – 27.)

The unbelievers’ outcome? Not very pretty. (Rv. 21:8)

But I know our human side. We all want to know, ‘What exactly has heaven got in store for me?’

First, you are plucked out of the moral cesspool that the world has become:

For you shall go out [from the spiritual exile caused by sin and evil into the homeland] with joy and be led forth [by your Leader, the Lord Himself, and His word] with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Is. 55:12 AMP

“They were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became food for every beast of the field and were scattered”…For thus says the Lord GOD, “I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out…and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered…I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest…bind up the broken and strengthen the sick;” Is. 34:5; 11, 12,15, 16. NASB

God will sift out His children (sheep) from the unrepentant sinners (goats) and harmonize them:

“For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they may call on the name of the LORD, to serve Him with one accord.” Zeph. 3:9 NKJV

“In that day you will feel no shame because of all your deeds by which you have rebelled against Me; for then I will remove from your midst your proud exalting ones, and you will never again be haughty on My holy mountain. But I will leave among you a humble and lowly people, and they will take refuge in the name of the LORD.” Zeph. 3:11, 12. NASB

“The LORD has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil…a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zeph. 3:15 & 17. ESV

In that day of our heavenly embrace, we shall be transformed:

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb sing. For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert. Is. 35:5, 6. NKJV

And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way…No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it…but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. Is. 35:8 – 10. ESV

For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection… Rm. 6:5 NASB

It is sown a perishable body, it is raised and imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. 1 Cor. 15:42 – 44. NASB

And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man…For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Cor. 15:49 & 53. NKJV

Strife will be a forgotten memory:

Then they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they train for war. Each of them will sit under his vine and under his fig tree, with no one to make them afraid, for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken. Mic. 4:3, 4. NASB

Neither shall there be sorrow or unfulfilled needs:

“They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Rev. 7:16, 17. ESV

..the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death forever…and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken. It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Is. 25:6 – 9. ESV

And if that wasn’t enough, we also get to hang out with everyone that was ever created who turned to our God:

“And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” Mt. 8:11 NKJV

Let’s see. If you accept Christ as your Savior and live out a godly life to the best of your ability, you are then chosen by God for heaven, all strikes against you are wiped out, you are filled with happiness and joy, living in a new body (all old ‘defects’ removed) that is immortal, becoming one in the likeness of Christ, living fearless and at peace with all the rest of the children of God, eating fine food and drinking fine wine and all the while you bask (up close and personal) with the Father and the Son.

Do you see a downside? Nope. Neither do I. All God asks of us is to keep our eye on the prize…
Goodnight and God bless.

What Does God Say About Your Heaven?

The universe as it exists in time is finite. The life you live in this universe is the same. Then what? What happens next? This question has plagued mankind since it was aware enough to ponder it. But, it is only the children of God who possess the truth of the matter. Why? Because the Creator of this universe and all that is in it, the Author of truth and truth personified, has revealed it to them.

The urgency of that revelation was instilled in the identical messages of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ as each began their ministries:

Repent (change your mind for the better, heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mt. 4:17 AMP (see also 3:2)

The coming of this same kingdom was prophesied 600 years prior by the prophet Daniel:

…the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed… Dn. 2:44 NKJV

The ‘kingdom of heaven’ is biblically interchangeable with the ‘kingdom of God.’ It is a spiritual kingdom, an inner kingdom that can only be entered through one’s change of heart (through earnest repentance and by choosing Christ for salvation) – a spiritual state to be lived out on this earth and shared with our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is a kingdom on earth composed of God’s children: a family dedicated to forwarding that kingdom by lovingly attempting to gather as many others into that family as possible.

Yet it is also a kingdom that we aspire to spend eternity in, when we transition from our life on this present earth to our heavenly destiny.

And this kingdom is personified in Christ.

So, the kingdom is here now and at the same time it is coming in its full eternal manifestation:

For the outward form of this world (the present world order) is passing away. 1 Cor. 7:31 AMP

But the end and culmination of all things has now come near; keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert therefore for [the practice of] prayer. 1 Pt. 4:7 AMP

Don’t panic! This transition is going to be a good thing!

For surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off. Pr. 23:18 NKJV

A good name is better than a good ointment, and the day of one’s death is better than the day of one’s birth. Eccl. 7:1 NASB

In fact, Jesus Himself has already prepared for your arrival:

“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” Jn. 14:2, 3. NASB

Jesus also forewarned us of the urgency to get right with God now because if we don’t do that before we take our last breath or if Christ returns first (and we don’t know the date and time of either) we will have lost our chance to do so:

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only…Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Mt. 24:36 & 44. NKJV

“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Lk. 21:34, 35. ESV

When we get right with God, (repent and receive Christ and do our best to live by His word) the coming of the ‘Day of the Lord’ will hold no terror:

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 Jn. 2:17 ESV

“Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.” Jn. 8:51 NKJV

…a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. “They will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” Mal. 3:17 NASB

…since you have been set free from sin and have become the slaves of God, you have your present reward in holiness and its end is eternal life. Rm. 6:22, 23. AMP

…having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Rm. 5:9 NASB

God will pour out His wrath in that last Day; yet His wrath is not like the mindless vengeance of a rabid dog. It is instead a ‘sifting’ that comes from the tender love of a merciful Father – that He must apply after having given a multitude of chances to His creations: a profusion of pleas to return to His love. God can only save those who come to Him through Christ:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!” Mt. 23:27, 28. NASB

Before this world as we know it comes to an end, tumultuous events will transpire because of the continual spiritual degradation of the inhabitants in it:

…in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. 2 Tim. 3:1 – 5. ESV

Thus, we see the cesspool that the majority of earthlings will become. God has told us that bad things will come against those who rebel against Him; and as usual, God does not leave us guessing. He reveals them to us in sequence:

The first thing we learn is that many of the churches will have lost their way. (Rv. 2:1 – 3:21.) The second is that tribulation (the wrath of God / Day of the Lord) strikes the earth. The Bible strongly suggests that those who have already chosen Christ as their salvation and took on a godly life will be spared from these events. (1 Th. 4:16, 17 & 5:9; Rv. 3:10.)

The tribulations begin with the coming of the Antichrist, Israel being invaded by an ‘army of the north,’ (which God Himself thwarts) and a series of partial disasters set upon the earth to try to motivate the rebellious to return to their Creator – consisting of a burning of a portion of the earth, pollution of a third of both the seas and the fresh waters, darkening of a third of the sun, moon and stars and demonic mental and physical torment. (Rv. 8, 9 & 11:15 – 19.)

Following these ‘plagues, an ‘army from the east’ marches towards Jerusalem for the battle of Armageddon, killing 1/3 of mankind during that journey. (Rv. 9:13 – 18.) These are the last warnings the strays will get. There will be no salvation available for those who have not come to Christ by this point of the tribulation period.

The devil then wages war against those who did choose to become children of God during the first half of the tribulations. He acts through the Antichrist (who was aligned with a ‘church’ of false religion but then destroys it) who claims to be God and has a false religion built around him by Satan’s ‘false prophet.’ And yes, the rebellious worship him – all of whom will be cursed to damnation. (Rv. 12:10 – 12; 13:3 – 8 & 11 – 18; 14:9 – 11.)

During the second half of the tribulations, God gathers up all of His children who accepted their salvation, to keep them safe from His ‘final judgments’ that He unleashes upon the earth against those who have kept their hearts hardened against Him. (Rv. 14:14 – 19 & 15:1 – 3.) Thank God we don’t have to experience the plagues against the flesh, the loss of fresh water and all amphibious life, severe earthquakes and other topographic destruction. (Rv. 16)

On the last day of the tribulations, Christ leads His saints into battle against Satan’s armies at Armageddon and He vanquishes them with the word of God. Afterwards, He imprisons Satan for 1000 years. (Rv. 19:11 – 21; 20:1 – 3.)

Jesus then sets up His kingdom with His saints on a new earth and reigns for a thousand years with all of the resurrected children of God. (If there are any unbelieving people who survive the tribulations, they too will inhabit this new paradise and propagate over this millennium.)

At the end of that time, Satan is released once more to try to convince those who will listen to follow him and gather for war against the saints. Yet just as they begin to pounce, God takes the devil and his followers out of the picture forever – lining up all who followed Satan since the beginning of time in front of the judgment seat of Christ to receive their eternal condemnation. (Rv. 20:7 – 15.)

But that’s not what’s waiting for the children of God is it? No…

Next time.
Goodnight and God bless.

What Does God Say About Your Self?

In other words, what does God say about who you are? You are definitely somebody. In fact, you are a divine creation – created by God in His image:

So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gn. 1:27 AMP

Your hands have made me and fashioned me… Ps. 119:73 NKJV

Moreover, your Father in heaven watches over every moment of your entire life (which He planned out in advance):

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there were none of them. Ps. 139:13 – 16. NASB

Everyone on the face of this earth (throughout the ages) were and will be created as God’s children – to have Him live in them and for them to live with one another as a single family:

…they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being…For we are also His offspring. Acts 17:27, 28. AMP

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 1 Cor. 3:16 ESV

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth… Acts 17:26 NKJV

How precious we must be to God!

“But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Mt. 10:30 AMP

See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. 1 Jn. 3:1 NASB

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” Jn. 3:16 NKJV

God created you to be perfect but He knew that you were going to be tainted by the sin of Adam and Eve; so He left you His word (Bible) so that you would have a roadmap to return to Him – by becoming Christ-like through your faith-walk in Jesus’ salvation by the Holy Spirit:

For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness]… Rom. 8:29 AMP

…God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. 2 Th. 2:13 NASB

For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.] Rm. 11:29 AMP

Yet God has given you free will. You can choose not to answer His call but that is a dead-end road. (Pun intended.) Answering that call puts the Lord of the Universe by your side. What does that do for you?

“…no weapon formed against you shall succeed…” Is. 54:17 ESV

So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me? Heb. 13:6 AMP

God covers us then with a spiritual invulnerability and He offers this solely through His Son, by Whom you meld with Them both:

God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Cor. 1:9 NASB

…we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart. 1 Cor. 2:16 AMP

…your bodies are members (bodily parts) of Christ… 1 Cor. 6:15 AMP

This melding occurs when you accept Jesus as the Son of God and for what He did for you at the cross. At that point, you begin to change:

But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor. 6:11 NKJV

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will… Eph. 1:7 – 9. NASB

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

But all things are from God, Who through Jesus Christ reconciled us to Himself [received us into favor, brought us into harmony with Himself] and gave to us the ministry of reconciliation [that by word and deed we might aim to bring others into harmony with Him]. 2 Cor. 5:17, 18. AMP

In our transformation we become more Christ-like with each passing day, more harmonious with the Father and the Son – being prepared for the day of our passage into eternity. Notice too that we are charged with passing the knowledge of that grace-empowered transformation along to others as well.

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body… Phil. 3:20, 21. NKJV

This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life. 1 Jn. 2:25 NASB

These are part of the promises that we need to share with everyone; and thank God that He equips us to do so:

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 2 Cor. 2:14, 15. NASB

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Cor. 12:4 – 7. NASB

When you do your sharing, God blesses you as well as the echoes of your transformation makes themselves available to the recipient:

We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 1 Jn. 3:14 ESV

(That love does not just hold for your brothers and sisters in Christ but for everyone else as well – i.e. your potential brothers and sisters.)

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Gal. 2:20 NKJV

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God… Eph. 2:19 NKJV

Once God begins to transform you, (and the others that you reach for Christ) that changing will never let up until you are called at the last day:

…He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Phil. 1:6 NASB

Even then, there is yet a prize waiting for you:

…to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Pt. 1:4, 5. ESV

So what have we seen? God personally created us (through Christ) in Their image and planned out our entire life for us. (Of course, many chose their free will to mangle those plans. It’s our job to help them by bringing light to their darkness.)

He created all of us to be His children and took up Spiritual residence within us, having placed the door to salvation within – sending hints and people to help us see the importance of opening that door.

God wants you to be a part of His global family – the one that He sent His Son to die for. He left an eternal covenant for you, a salvation opportunity that exists only to the moment before you die. (Seeing that you don’t know when that event will take place, it makes the timing of your free-will choice to come to Him take on an extreme urgency.)

When you make that all-important choice in the affirmative, God begins to transform you moment-by-moment, to become more Christ-like, removing the stains from your past and surrounds you with His strength and favor as He brings you into oneness with Jesus and Himself. In that harmony, the doors of eternity beckon…

You are changed for the better:

…children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world… Phil. 2:14, 15. NASB

You’re worth everything to God. He has an infinite love investment in you. He knows what and who your self is, and He loves you for it:

“The Lord knows those who are His,” 2 Tim. 2:19 NKJV
Goodnight and God Bless.

What Does God Say About Your Love?

Love is often misconstrued as a conjoined exercise of the mind or a merging of the flesh, but that is mere infatuation. True love is an employment of the heart – i.e. a spiritual endeavor.

Love is the ultimate state for all of us to attain – a place where we mirror and become one with God, opening the way for us to accept each other and all that is happening around us. (In the case of ‘negative happenings’ note that ‘acceptance’ is not the same as ‘condoning.’ Acceptance allows us to see what is real and what our part is in dealing with it. That concept requires a very deep investigation that we will take up in the near future.)

Love brings the end of suffering; it is heaven on earth.

What does love look like? God tells us; and to do so, He describes Himself:

Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.

Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is every ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are faceless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. 1 Cor. 13:4 – 8. AMP

Doesn’t that sound like the spiritual path that we all seek? That’s because from the moment we are born until we graduate from this life, we are called to emulate our God – who is Love itself and loved us even before we knew who He was:

God is love and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 1 Jn. 4:16 NASB

We love Him because He first loved us. 1 Jn. 4:19 NKJV

All God asks is that we love Him back. That cements our connection with Him and allows Him to move on our behalf:

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 1 Jn. 3:1 NASB

God is impartial with the doling out of His love. He loves all people no matter what. But He can only connect that love to those who seek Him out with love. Those who don’t cannot feel God’s love, nor do they understand His followers’ (saints) love for Him.

How do we show our love for God? Jesus clearly spells it out:

“He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him…and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” Jn. 14:21 & 23. NKJV

We show God our love by lovingly obeying His word; and Jesus is the living word. Thus, Christ’s commandments are God’s commandments:

“Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;” Dt. 7:9 NASB

“Indeed, He loves the people; all Your holy ones are in Your hand, and they followed in Your steps…” Dt. 33:3 NASB

Jesus Christ distilled all of God’s commandments down into two – and they are both about love:

You shall love the Lord your God with all of your heart and with all of your soul and with all of your mind (intellect). This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. These two commandments sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets. Mt. 22:37 – 40. AMP

When you love God, He rewards you with His love, which carries with it a plethora of big dividends:

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love and kindness – trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never]. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show My salvation. Ps. 91:14 – 16. AMP

The LORD preserves all who love Him… Ps. 145:20 NKJV

But God – so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). Eph. 2:4, 5. AMP

God’s love has us covered on every side – bringing us abundance and honor, delivering us from all that stands against us and it culminates in our salvation through Christ to spent an eternal love-filled life with Him.

The Father’s love is also reflected in the Son. When we love Jesus, it is mirrored back to Jehovah, which allows us to receive the love of Them both:

“…for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God.” Jn. 16:27 NKJV

…know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Eph. 3:19 NKJV

If indeed we possess this love, it will be demonstrated in our behavior:

…make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard on another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil. 2:2 – 4. NASB

“…love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples…” Jn. 13:34, 35. NKJV

…he who loves God must love his brother also. 1 Jn. 4:21 NKJV

A friend loves at all times… Pr. 17:17 NKJV

Let all that you do be done with love. 1 Cor. 16:14 NKJV

Out of all things, God puts love on the top of His list:

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have…but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Cor. 13:1 – 3. ESV

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Col. 3:12 – 14. ESV

God loves you. He pours it out like a torrent through His Son to all of His children and nothing can take it away:

…neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor thing to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. 8:38, 39. ESV

Life is love, it’s what you do, it’s who you are and it’s all you need. The Beatles said it best (showing my age):

All you need is love, love – love is all you need.
Goodnight and God bless.