The Place We Dwell

We ourselves are eye-witnesses able and willing to testify to the fact that the Father did send the Son to save the world. Everyone who acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God lives in him, and he lives in God. So we have come to know and trust the love God has for us. God is love, and the man whose life is lived in love does, in fact, live in God, and God does, in fact, live in him. So our love for him grows more and more, filling us with complete confidence for the day when he shall judge all men—for we realise that our life in this world is actually his life lived in us. Love contains no fear—indeed fully-developed love expels every particle of fear, for fear always contains some of the torture of feeling guilty. This means that the man who lives in fear has not yet had his love perfected. 1 John 4:14-18 Phillips

Have you ever loved someone so deeply that you wanted to crawl inside of them? Where your hearts beat as one and if theirs would stop, so would yours? There is a love so deep that when it ceases, so do you. We’ve all heard stories of couples who have been married for 60 or 70 years that when one dies, the other dies just a few days later.

Well guess what? That’s the love God has for us. “The man whose life is lived in love does, in fact live in God, and God does in fact, live in him.” Do you see that? It’s as if He has crawled inside of us. By His Spirit, He has! We are one with Him just as He is with us. That’s why He can never leave us or forsake us because when His Spirit leaves our body, our spirit goes with Him.

If you’ve never surrendered to someone to that extent, I invite you to do so. Get alone and worship Him. Lavish your love on Him until you stir yourself up to sing, “I surrender all. I surrender all. All to thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all.” That’s how it’s done. Let Him consume every part of you until there’s nothing left of you that remains untouched by His Love.

That’s when you’ll find sickness and disease submitting to His power. That’s when you’ll discover that His strength is made perfect in your weakness. That’s where you’ll find peace and joy, in His presence. David wrote about it throughout the Psalms. He had discovered the many aspects of his God in solitude and conversation. He gained strength beyond His own abilities by placing His trust in Him.

Father, did you really mean to love us so deeply? What is the measure of Your love for us, Lord? With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death. (Psalm 86:12-13) For with the measure you use to pour out love, it will be measured back to you again. I choose to love deeply today. Not for myself but so that others will know I’m forever Yours.

Take a risk, love deeply today,

Sandy G

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