Let Love Work

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Exodus 24:5-7a   Then the Lord came down to him in a cloud, stood there with Moses, and spoke his own name. That is, the Lord passed in front of Moses and said, “Yahweh, the Lord, is a kind and merciful God. He is slow to become angry. He is full of great love. He can be trusted.  He shows his faithful love to thousands of people. He forgives people for the wrong things they do, but he does not forget to punish guilty people.”

This is how God wants to be known to us, how he described himself to Moses using his own name, Yahweh, the Lord. Kind and merciful, slow to anger, full of love, He can be trusted. Isn’t that the most beautiful picture you’ve ever seen? When I read it, my heart felt as if it would burst inside my chest. I understand why Moses responded as he did in verses 8 & 9; Then Moses quickly bowed to the ground and worshiped the Lord. Moses said,  “Lord, if you are pleased with me, please go with us. I know that these are stubborn people, but forgive us for the bad things we did. Accept us as your people.”

We have been fed the wrong perception of our Father.  Our churches have been quick to judge and slow to love but that is not the nature of God. He is quick to love and slow to judge. I John 4:8 says; Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.  Unless the world experiences something different than the world is, the world will never desire to change.  People respond to love, you should try it sometime.

We were not called to be John the Baptist crying out, REPENT! The Kingdom of God is at hand.  No, the Kingdom of God has come in the form of Jesus Christ and we have been asked to duplicate HIM.  The only people he judged were the religious leaders.  He came to seek and to save that which was lost and He did that through love.  Love is humble and servant hearted. It welcomes and makes room for the hungry at their table.  It mends things that are broken.  

Thats what I want to look like, Father. Filled with great love, your love.  If I can’t be that in the world, than you have every right to remove me so that new lovers of light can be seen.  I want to benefit your kingdom, not keep it from advancing.  I don’t want to hide the light of your love but set it on a hill so all can see.   As you told me the other day, “Be a laid down lover.”  Laying down my own will for yours.

 

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