I recently heard a story of a minister who was invited to speak at a leadership conference in Asia where leaders from all over China had gathered. They begged her to teach them about leadership because all they knew to teach their young people was how to witness to their executioners as they were martyred. She simply fell at her feet and wept!
The one who doesn’t love has yet to know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:8
For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life. John 3:16
I’ve been writing a lot about love lately, but I believe that if we don’t learn to love like God loves, we will never know God or have any idea of what He looks like. Once you’ve experienced that kind of love, you will never be the same again. It’s a giving love that continues to give whether the love is returned or not.
You see my friend, if I only love those who love me, I don’t love like God does because God loves those who don’t love Him. It goes beyond that. He wants you to know Him and live with Him eternally so He’s always listening you in hopes you will call out to Him. Just once! He loves to give good gifts to His children but gets blamed for the bad his enemy does.
What if there was a revival of love? Where all of God’s children allowed the spectacular love of God to shine through each of us. What would it look like if the entire world was set ablaze with the awesome love of God? All at once! Lifting up our lamp of love so that every person could know and experience that wonderful it. How life changing would that be?
God, shatter the hate, the doubt and unbelief so that the light of Your glorious love would shine through me. Just when I think I love, the opportunity to be hurt, angry or frustrated squeezes it out. I lay it all down for the sake of showing others what You look like. Reflect through me! May they see You more then me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.