Saturday, June 21, 2014

God's Love



1 John 4:16
"...And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them."






  We come together, as the body of Christ, not by our own accord or will.  There is no work that we have done that has made God reach his mighty hand down into our lives and touch us with His grace and love; this is a relationship that for each and everyone of us was incited and initiated by Him alone. He loved us first, long before we loved Him, and we cannot do anything to make Him do something that He has been doing since our first breath (1John 4:19) Before our birth and very existence, our Father in heaven has loved us with a passion and desire and purpose that is completely life-changing when realized. It is selfless, not selfish.  When I came to realize the truth of what Jesus Christ means for us individually, I came to, and into, our Lord and real life - real living.   I was dead before that day. His love has brought me to life.

  This love is like a river; unceasingly pouring into the deepest parts of our soul and spirit.   When we were of this world and in the flesh, doing whatever we wanted; His love was there.   Those years that we spent separated from God and attached to the sin and death that we were living in; His love was there.  Even in our most reckless of decisions, the puzzle pieces of our lives seem to fit together in retrospect to the grand climax that is God bringing us into His fold, and sheltering us with grace and mercy; we are nothing without this.

  We will never be able to do better or do more to make our Lord love us more.  His love is unchanging.  It is constant.  It is a flowing river that does not alter its course due to ours. It will always be there, never running dry.  His love is the bonding agent that attaches us to the truth and power of His love in the form of His Son Jesus Christ.  When we realize and understand what the life and death of Jesus means for us personally, our life is eternally changed.  It is a supernatural transformation, because it is not of our own doing that we are transformed.  We are changed in Spirit, and thus become the light that reflects His love to others, because God now lives in us, and loves through us. This is the will of God - that we receive His love so that we can be His light to others.  When that happens,  nothing can or will be accomplished in our lives that is not of Him, by Him or for Him.

  On the days when you are down, He is loving you.  On the days that we feel adrift in this world, His river awaits. The moments in time where all we want to do is cry, His hand is there catching our tears. The love of God and His comfort and mercy is desperately waiting for us every single moment in our lives. When we come to really know that He is not going to stop being or doing what He is, the life that we are meant to live for Him  can begin. "And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them...."