Love is you... everytime I hear this song by Chrisette Michelle (Love is yoO), I smile because thats the song in my heart. O Lord, love is YOU.
"God is love" 1 John 4: 8
"The greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13
In order to give love, you have to find love, for you cannot give what you do not truly have.
As a child, I was very loving, trusting and giving, I remember giving a lady a gold necklace that my mom had given me to wear on my uncle's wedding day...hehe yeah, she stopped me, asked me what my name was, asked me who gave me such a gorgeous necklace, and I said my mommy did. She asked if she could have it, and I said yes...she took it off my neck and walked away. Moments later my mother was appalled and devastated as I told her about(with a smile on my face) "the auntie" who liked and "removed" my necklace.
I wasnt a typical child (people usually say children are selfish in nature), being a middle child, nothing was ever really truly mine anyway so that phrase "its mine" was never a part of my vocabulary. I always considered myself a relatively good person who loved sharing even when I didnt receive anything in return. It was when I found God that I realized that my love was really nothing, human love was flawed. Speaking of flawed human love my mom learned a lesson that day, in as much as you love your child, you dont give her your expensive gold necklace to wear!
O my people, to love like Christ! Sacrificial love! We will never be able to truly understand God and others until we truly understand His love. We will never be able to get to that position where He has exalted us, to enjoy His treasure house, to gain favor, and be in a place where we overcome the world, where faith makes sense.
Human love says "I love you with all my heart"
God's love says "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son" John 3:16
Human love says I love you till you stop loving me.
God's love says I love you even when you dont love me (and fall into sin).
"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8: 3-38)
My sisters and brothers, I am sorry to say but human love will never get you far in this life, you will forever be disappointed in the exchange of human love, loved ones will fail you, you will love with everything, and might some days get a widow's mite, and some days even nothing at all. Divorces will happen, people will walk away from your love. You will love with expectation, you will expect to be loved in return. Understand that it is alright, a person not filled to the point of overflowing with the love of God will never be able to love you adequately. They will never be able to love you the way God loves you, to see you how God sees you.
1 peter 1:12 says that even the angels in heaven are in awe of God's love for us!!
Every thing God does for us as His children is because of His unfailing love for us (Ps 6:4).
Every time you step outside, take a look at the clouds above you, God's unfailing love is as vast as the heavens. (Ps 36:5)
"Perfect love casts out fear."--1 John 4:18
In order to be able to trust God, you have to able to love Him. If you love God, you will know that He will do what He has said He will do. You will know that He sees all, and will rescue you from the darkest nights because of His unfailing love for you. Simply put, you will not fear! The reason why many of us worry about unanswered prayers is largely because many of us do not understand God's love.
"My love for (you) is passionate and strong." Zech 1:14
We try to interpret God's love from our human perspective, the same way a man can claim to love a woman yet leave her stranded at the altar. We try to understand the supernatural in the natural, it never works!
My pastor recently said "Love is the father of faith. Operate in love and faith will work."
Galatians 5:6-"Only thing that availeth in Jesus Christ is faith which worketh by love."
Your faith will never grow the way it should grow until you find true love, God's love. If your faith doesnt grow, while others will be able to have faith in God to raise people from the dead, you will still be having enough faith to believe God for finding a $1 in your pocket.
So how do you find this type of love you may ask?
"The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit."--Romans 5:5
Ask God to make you more like Jesus Christ every day so that you will be able to love like He did. Ask for the Holy Spirit to dwell within you. This is part of my daily prayer , "for God to make me more like Christ, for God to create an opportunity for me to share His love and for God to show me His love today in the most amazing way". Every morning I cry out, and God answers in His own way.
2 Cor 5:5-7 "The world is dying to see the love of God"
O what a beauty it will be when Christians start walking in the love of God!
The love of God will transform your life, and everyone you come in contact with. Your spouse will find you more fulfilling, your children will grow in that special joy, your career will flourish as you make it a priority to deal with your clients with the love of God. I am not talking about human reward though, yes people might pay you back, but that is not it, God's reward is greater, the store house of heaven is without limit. The love of God in you will make you even more beautiful not just in the sight of man, but in God's eyes. He will smile upon you, bless you with His glory, and elevate you to your resting place.
I leave you with this prayer from Ephesians 3 "...Your roots will grown down into God's love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God."
The love of God is too great to fully understand, never try to rationalize or understand it, you never will. Just know it is, and always will be, it is only then that you can walk powerfully into the fullness of life and rest comfortably in His holy place, a place where prayers are answered before they are even spoken.
My birthday is tomorrow, July 13...thank you God for life, for making me stronger, better, wiser...thank you God for your love that you allow me to share with others.