"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him." (1 John 4:7-9 NKJV)
How are we to live? We are to 'live through Him.' God's love was shown in Christ. He came, lived, and died so that we might not live unto ourselves anymore, so that we could be new, whole, redeemed, and alive. "For in Him we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28) "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
The love of God transforms; old to new, darkness to light, death to life. The love of God transforms the heart. Once you have truly been apprehended by the love of God, His love and life begin to flow into you and out of you to others. You see, God came after me in the person of Christ. His love overtook me. He pursued me into the depths of my darkness and shed His light on me. And I was undone. His love made me new. His love, in one instant, made all my wrongs right. In Him I won the relationship lottery and I finally understood why the numbers had never lined up for me before. I have made mistakes, some of them massive. I have lied. I have cheated. I have hurt those I love. I have moments in time that I wish I could undo...but His love for me pushes past all of that and says, "I choose you, I love you, I want you my beautiful, precious child."
And now that love, His love, pours out to others. Minute by minute, day by day, it keeps growing, I keep growing as I spend time with Him, as I come to know Him. How do you get to know someone? You spend time with them, but more than that you communicate with them, you listen to them, you ask questions, you dig beyond the surface, beyond the veneer they portray outwardly, to get to really know their heart. God knows you inside and out, He knows your every insecurity, your every worry, your every thought, every piece of your heart, even those pieces you think you have hidden away from everyone. God loves you, so much so that He died for you in the person of Christ, that you might no longer live for yourself, but so you could 'live through Him.' God has spoken in the person of Christ, He has spoken through His word, He speaks through circumstance, and joy, and trial and tribulation. And in every place what He is speaking, what He is manifesting is His overwhelming love for you. Can you hear Him?
The love of God, living through Him is the answer, and it simply doesn't matter what the question is.
Poor relationship? Answer: The love of God.
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God..." (1 John 4:7)
Death/Loss? Answer: The love of God.
"The oil of joy of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness..." (Isaiah 61:3)
Confusion? Answer: The love of God.
"For God is not the author of confusion but of peace..." (1 Corinthians 14:33)
Worry/Fear? Answer: The love of God.
"Fear not, for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed..." (Isaiah 41:10)
Racism? Answer: The love of God.
"[In this new creation all distinctions vanish.] There is no room for and there can be neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, [nor difference between nations whether alien] barbarians or Scythians [who are the most savage of all], nor slave or free man; but Christ is all and in all (everything and everywhere, to all men, without distinction of person." (Colossians 3:11)
Lying? Answer: The love of God.
"Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices,.." (Colossians 3:9)
Hatred? Answer: The love of God.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
God's love. Every question. Every time.
We need the love of God. We need Jesus.
Love is not selfish
It thinks of others first
Love is not proud
It waits to be heard
Love is not unkind
In thought, word, or deed
Love is not shallow
It wades into the deep
Love is not low
Stooping down only to lift
Love is not silent
Each word a precious gift
Love is not restrained
It will not be bound
Love is not subdued
Is never lost once found
Love is not still
It pursues what it seeks
Love is not dull
It is strong, never weak
Love is not fragile
It stays and it fights
Love is not darkness
But the giver of light
Love is not trivial
A most rare, vast treasure
Love is not quantifiable
It will not be measured
Love is extravagant beauty
It is humble and giving
Love is pure bliss
It makes life worth living...
Written by Anne Marie Hawke
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