Rory Synoground Ministries International

Pastor Rory Synoground
Dear Partner & Friend,

I hope this letter finds you well and filled with the joy and peace that come from knowing the love of God. Today, I want to take a moment to reflect on a fundamental truth that is at the very heart of who God is: love.


In 1 John 4:8, we read these simple yet profound words: "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." Stop for a moment and let that sink in. God is love. Not just a loving God but Love Himself. It's a concept that can be hard to grasp, but when we begin to understand it, it changes everything.


The word love here is translated from a Greek work “Agape”, which literally means: “to give unconditional love affectionately.” 


When we say, "God is love," we're not just talking about a warm fuzzy feeling or a sentimental idea. We're talking about the very essence of who God is. Love is His nature, His character, His identity. That means that God gives unconditional love affectionately, all the time.


When we begin to grasp this truth, it transforms the way we see ourselves, our relationships, and the world around us. Think about it like this: if God is love, then every act of love, every expression of kindness, every moment of compassion is a reflection of His nature.


God's love for us is unconditional, unwavering, and unchanging. It's not based on what we do or don't do, what we deserve or don't deserve. His love simply is and is given to each and every one of us, no matter who we are or what we've done.


In verse 9, John goes on to say, "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him." This is the ultimate expression of God's love: sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to live among us, to teach us, to show us what love looks like in action.


Jesus didn't just talk about love; He lived it out in everything He did. He healed the sick, he comforted the broken-hearted, he forgave the sinner. And ultimately, He laid down His life for us, demonstrating the depth of God's love in the most profound way possible.


God's love isn't just something we receive passively; it's something we're called to share with others., "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another" (1 John 4:11).


Our love for others should be a reflection of God's love for us, overflowing from the abundance of what we've received from Him.


Unfortunately, there's a common misconception that following God means living under a set of oppressive rules and regulations, that He's some kind of distant authority figure waiting to punish us for our mistakes. But that couldn't be further from the truth. As the Word of God makes clear, "God is love," (1 John 4:8), and love never demands its own way (1 Corinthians 13:5).


So, if you've ever felt like you had to earn God's love or perform for His approval, I want to encourage you to let go of that burden. God's love for you isn't based on what you do; it's based on who He is. And He loves you more deeply and completely than you could ever imagine.


When tragedy strikes, or even in the midst of your pain and sorrow, you can take comfort in the knowledge that God is with you, that He loves you, and that He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).  He is your refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)


So how do we know when God's love is at work in our lives? How can we recognize it amidst the chaos and confusion of everyday life? The answer is simple: When there's an act of giving.  Love always gives affectionately.  Love never takes. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.”  (1 Corinthians 13:7-8).


When we see acts of kindness and compassion, when we experience forgiveness and grace, when we encounter sacrificial love that puts others first, we can be sure that God is at work. Because God is love, and wherever love is present, He is there.


God loves you more than you could ever imagine. His love for you is unconditional, unwavering, and unchanging. And it's my prayer that you would experience the depth of His love in a real and tangible way today.


Once again, I want to thank you for your prayers and for the donations you have given to this ministry. I encourage you to stand in faith and believe for a mighty harvest. “Be not deceived God is not mocked, whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.” (Galatians 6:7)  

I declare the 100-fold return on your giving. (Mark 4:8)

If you have any prayer requests let us know and we will pray for you. I will continue to pray Psalm 91, Ephesians 1:13-23 and Ephesians 3:14-21 for you and your family. God bless you richly in all things.


Your Partner in Ministry,



Pastor Rory SynogroundTop of FormBottom of Form



Rory Synoground Ministries International / / 1110 24th Ave SW Austin MN 55912