“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:36-39
Everytime I read this, I have to stop and breathe as I am reminded of this love that goes beyond my understanding. The love that is bottomless. The love I am called to share in. The love I am to recieve. The love that is limitless. The love that saved my life and continues to save me. The love that I am called to live out. The love I am called to allow to inhabit my being. And the love I am called to pour out onto the world.
For as the Lord pours His love into me, He desires I continue to pour it into others.
For Jesus is the perfect lover. He knows the song our hearts long to hear sung. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows the deepest desires of our hearts and He desperately longs to fulfill those desires. He longs for us to turn to Him and recieve that love openly. He longs for us to learn how to love, learn to accept love instead of brushing off the intimicy and romance to rush into performance and being servants rather than lovers. For He does not want us to find our worth in what we do for Him, He does not want us to find our love in that which we achieve but to find that love wholly in Him, His presence, His heart. For God is looking for love, for child-like love where we come into sonship and daughtership with Him. He is searching this world for hearts that are wholly is. That long to just know Him, spend time with Him and enjoy a relationship rather than trying to earn love. May you come to see we don’t have to do anything to earn our Fathers love, for we are no longer orphans but we are children of a Father who lavishes His love upon us, despite if we love Him back. God saw us as worthy enough for love and life, and with that Jesus came to bring us such acceptance. His love is not the love we have come to understand from an earthly view, His love is merley who He is. When we come to accept all that Jesus laid down for us to pick up, we will know this true love on such a greater level. For Jesus came to remind us that we are loved, our Father desperatly wants us back in a relationship with Him. For He does not wish to be seperated from those He created and loves.
May we focus on His heart and seek after His heart as He seeks after ours. May we seek to know the desires of His heart for us, May we yearn to spend time just soaking in His presence, allowing Him to speak the words our hurting hearts need to hear. For only He can mend hearts. For only He can can bind up wounded spirits through His words of love and power.
Jesus died for a Bride(The Church). He died for His body(The Church) who would love Him for who He is, not just what He offers. He did not die so He could have a bride who loves Him for His money. He desires a bride that loves Him for who He is. For when we get into a relationship, we love that person despite what they can offer us. We love them for their heart, for who they are. We love them because we love being with them, listening to them, walking with them. We don’t need to find our identity in what we are doing or producing for we are to find it in Christ and what He did for us.Although it may sound bad, He is not looking for prositutes, those who use Him for what He can offer and then go back to their old ways to find satisfaction. God wants to be the center of our heart, the very essence in which we find satisfaction and fullness. He wants faithful lovers as He is faithful to us. He wants those who are not seeking to use Him for what He so freely offers but those who are committed to loving Him back. We are sons and daughters, who are loved by Our Father. He loves us so deeply and longs for us to come to accept that love and pour love back onto Him.
We are to not think so analyitcal about God for He is inviting us into a relationship of intimicy. He is looking for desperate lovers. Just as children run to the arms of their dad’s out of love, He is opening up His arms and calling us into His loving embrace. Just as a dad does to his children, our Dad is calling us to come into a relationship filled with love, care, and unity.
For when our lives are built on, centered around and growing in love- God is at the center. To have a life of true, deep, intimate love we must be attached to the source of that love; the well-spring of that love which is longing to flow through us into the world. We are to love people into the Kingdom of God, just as we were. It is all about love-for where love is manifested, God is seen. Where love is felt, God is there. Where love is spoken, God is able to move.
To be a source of love for others, we must learn how to love and recieve the love being offered by our Father. For how can we give that which we don’t have? How can we share true, genuine love from the Lord if we are not experiencing that ourselves? Our lives are meant to be centered around and filled with love. May our eyes be opened to see the limitless abundance before you that the Lord is offering you; an abundance of life, of love, of beauty, of joy and of His Heaven. May you pray against a hardened heart towards love and allow Him to break through your heart to pour in His true, love that produces life. The love that cleanses, the love that redeems, the love that restores and the love that continues to spread onto others.
“I ask the Father in His great glory to give you the power to be strong inwardly through His Spirit. I pray that Christ wll live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love-how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is. Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with the fullness of God. With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more that anything we can ask or imagine. To Him be glory in the Church(Bride/Body) and in Christ Jesus for all time, forever and ever, Amen” Ephesians 3:16-21