This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. 1 John 4:13-16 MSG
Have you embraced the love that God has planted in your heart? It’s deep, rich and so thick it covers things that others would try to expose. Christians who truly love don’t seem to notice the wrongs people do. They simply do what the Spirit prompts us to do, love.
I always thought I embraced it. That is until I sat before the Lord, pouring out my love to Him and He quietly said, “If you really want to convey your love to me, actions speak louder than words. I would rather you show it to others because that shows the world you are Mine.”
My mind automatically went to the many times I saw my girls ministering to others, hugging and loving on them, helping someone with a need, being a listener and just being kind and how proud I was of them. I felt it was a reflection of how we raised them and in a very small way it was. But seriously, we only reflect what we know and if we don’t know Love, we can never show Love to others.
I capitalized the word Love for a reason. Love isn’t a feeling or emotion, Love is God and God is Love. If we don’t allow His Love to be planted in our hearts, we cannot grow and reflect His Love to others. If the love we demonstrate is selfish, unkind, jealous, petty, boastful, proud, etc., it’s not Gods love that’s growing in our hearts but rather a perverted and perhaps religious kind of love.
If anyone boasts, “I love God,” and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both. 1 John 4:20-21 MSG
So embrace it! If you don’t, there’s no hope for this world. We MUST love people to show Gods love, period, end of story! THE POWER IS IN LOVE!!!!! Nothing else but Love!
Change us Lord, conform us in the image of Your Son, the one who was truly a reflection of You. The only way I can reflect You is to spend time in Your presence and go out into the world and be Love. Fill me up so that I can spill out. I embrace it with every fiber of my being. I embrace the great commission of Love. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.