Consider this: The Father has given us his love. He loves us so much that we are actually called God’s dear children. And that’s what we are. For this reason the world doesn’t recognize us, and it didn’t recognize him either. 1 John 3:1 GW
There was a song my girls used to sing that’s been ringing in my ears today. It’s based on 1 John 4:7-8 and it goes just like this: Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who loves not, knows not God, for God is love. Beloved, let us love one another.
True children of God love. Why? Because God is love. Not just any old love, but a deep abiding love that is so deep and so wide there is nothing that can compare to it. It’s the kind of love that is blind to our obvious flaws and failures. It doesn’t expose, it covers. It’s how you can see the difference between those who are truly born of God and those who wear their own robes of righteousness.
This morning as I sat before the Lord basking in His presence, He began to reveal something to me that I’ve not seen clearly before. If we allow ourselves to receive the love of God, changing us from the inside out, losing our own agendas and twisted thinking, we could change the world just as Jesus did.
We’ve prayed, “Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven!” We’ve expected hell fire and damnation to be poured out on the sinners because the times are evil but in all reality, His is a Kingdom of Love and it’s the love of God, not judgement of mankind that will be this last great revival we see in the earth.
Love-not conditional but unconditional, that’s what moves God. Jesus went about healing the sick and raising the dead unbelievers, not those who claimed to know God. Love begets love. God is love and if we’re His children then we too are love. We are to love them all! The sick and twisted need God more than ever today. Those who behave badly need a Savior more than ever today.
We’ve been longing to see signs, wonders and miracles follow us but they only follow Love. Oh what love the Father had for us that while we were yet sinners, Love died for us. Why? Because first the seed of Love must fall into the ground and die before it can bring forth much fruit.
It’s so simple really! We’ve tried to overcomplicate the most simple plan in the universe; Love one another as I’ve loved you, so love one another. Love. If you have all the special programs in the world and have not love, it’s nothing. If love doesn’t unconditionally propel you into the darkest part of the world so that they may know the true love of God, you’ve missed it. Love should cause you to share your coat. Love should cause you to share your food. Love should cause you to share your wealth. If it doesn’t, you love things more than you love God.
Father, teach me to love like You. I have missed it so many times in the past, give me another chance to Love. May I receive Your Love so that I can be so full that it spills over and puts out the flames of hate and evil around me. May it not only change me, but may it change my neighbors, coworkers and those in my community. May Your love spread like a fire in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.