This is Valentines week where people around the world focus on love. But love is more than a feeling, it’s the very nature of the one we claim is our Father, who we should attempt to be like, everyday, in every way.
I John 4:7-8 says, “Dear friends, we should love each other, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has become God’s child. And so everyone who loves knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
It’s easy to love someone who is nice to us, always kind and thoughtful, but God’s love was so big that it gave. He didn’t just give a little, He gave His son, Jesus to die for the vilest person on earth so that each and every person would have a chance to receive that sacrifice and come back into fellowship with Him.
Receiving the Spirit of God in us is to yield to His Spirit, not our own. We exchange our nature for His nature, which means we take on the very nature of God which is LOVE. I’ve seen so many ‘Christians’ who say they are His, but they’re bitter, unforgiving, hurtful, hateful, self-seeking, selfish, lovers of pleasures. You can’t tell them apart from anyone on the face of the earth, the only difference is that they go to church. Really? When you receive the sacrifice of Jesus, it’s an exchange of your sin nature for His Love nature.
You don’t decide WHO you will love, you allow HIS love to love through you. God is love. We should also be love. That’s loving the sinner, the weirdo, the unnatural, the angry, the bitter, the haters of this world. Being the light of love you were created to be. Yes, that includes the stupid! Those who know better but aren’t quite there yet. Those who insist on doing things the hard way, the long way, those who don’t listen, those who refuse to be loved.
So Father, first of all I’d like to ask forgiveness for my unwillingness to love ‘some’ people. I guess I should have come to You and asked You how to do that instead of walking away. I thank You that Your grace, Your undeserved favor, covers all my mistakes, missteps and fumbles. Today, I submit to leave the comfort of the ‘easy to love’ zone and step into the ‘wild and crazy’ zone of Your love. In honor of You, Your nature, Your love for me and Your patience with me, I chose to chase down Your love so that I can love like You. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.