The Love of God

June 22, 2020

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

The Love of God

              These scriptures make for a great plaque on our walls, but are they truly written on

 the tablets of our heart.  If they aren’t maybe it is because we are trying too hard to do rather than to be.  What I find in myself when I try to change a habit or behavior is that I am real conscious of it for a day or two and then it kind of slips off the radar and I am right back into what I used to be.  Love can be the same way.  We look it as a way of behaving rather than who we are.  We know that God is love, so if this passage is the description of love then it is simply the attributes of who He is.  If Christ lives in me and He is my life then it simply should be who I am rather than what I am striving to obtain or become. 

              I was commenting to Sharon this morning about how much of our lives are centered in “what about me” rather than “what about Him”.  If we really consider the base motive of most of what we do we might have to admit that most of what I do is self-motivated.  Even my trying to please others can have selfish reasons and intents.  Even our Christian agenda has often centered on numbers, getting people to believe like me, and basically rejecting what doesn’t look like me or fit in my paradigm. 

              Is that God’s love?  Didn’t Jesus say it is easy to love those that are like us, even the heathen can do that.  God’s love wants to take us where it is not always easy, it is not always lovely and it is not always pleasant. 

              Did Jesus come to die just for the good people?  We know John 3:16 which is the ultimate expression of God’s love, but what about verse 17, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”  Who are we to be to this world if it is not Christ?  Listen to this in 1 John 4:16-17, “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.” 

              What does that say about our lives and how we live?  It is not about us at all, it is all about Him and manifesting His love to the world around us.  In this world we are to be like Him and we know that He is love.  Is that the description of us?

              This is not to condemn anyone, but my heart has become so convicted that I so want a baptism of God’s love in me, so that I see every other being with His heart of love and become the conduit of His love and compassion. 

              We live in a society where we all have built up walls around us.  Why?  Because everybody has an angle or gimmick to try and get something from us in some way.  We expect that and so we become so guarded with any one that approaches.  What if we start encountering people with no other agenda than to just release God’s love on them through encouraging words of life, offering to just to pray for whatever need that is pressing in their lives.  It is not about trying to get them saved or get them to church or get them to believe like me.  Our only agenda is to love them with the love of God so that they can open up their heart for the Holy Spirit to work in them.  That is so disarming to people when you take the time just to love and bless them, not looking for anything else in return.  Isn’t that what Jesus did? 

              Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.  In earth as it is in heaven.”  God wants to release kingdom into the earth through us.  God doesn’t want us just to accept Christ to go to heaven, but to get heaven into us, so that we can bring it into the earth.  You are His will released when you are operating out of the unconditional love of God. 

              So many times our Christianity is what we do rather what we are.  We become what we worship and out of the abundance of our heart we live and speak.  If we want to be baptized into the love of Christ then we have to immerse ourselves into Him.  Christianity is something that we should no longer do, but rather be.  It is who we are because of the love of the Father for us and the expression of His love in Christ through us.  People around us are suppose to know we are different.  The reason they should know we are different is because of the unnatural love that emanates out of our lives.  The worst things become for us, the more evident Christ and His love should be.  The more we are squeezed  by outward circumstances the more of Jesus that oozes out of us.  Our world won’t be transformed by our theology and outward pretense of righteousness.  It will be changed by the transforming power of His love operating through His people that are only living to express Him.  We are the product of the love of God expressed to us through the blood of Christ.  I want to leave blood stains everywhere I go and in every life that I touch.  There is not any more powerful weapon on the planet than the unadulterated love of God.

Blessings,

#Kent

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