Love won. Long before we were formed or fashioned for the glory of God, love had already made its grand appearance and declared victory. True love is an irresistible force. The only worthy explanation for it is the grace of God himself. His love covers the earth like a blanket.
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”
1 Peter 4:8
Jesus Christ literally walked in love. He was immersed in a sea of varying degrees of it. There was the love of those drawn onto him by the Father. There was the love of those that only lasted for a season. He was also amongst the love of those holding on to the ways of the world. Just as Jesus was able to walk in liberty for a season, true love and false love can coexist in the same space for a time. They may even look and sound the same. How can one tell the real love from the fake? Real love bows to the word and the will of God.
“Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Recently, I was reminded to reflect and ask myself “Is my love up to standard?”. When our love runs cold, everything else falls apart. Our spiritual senses grow dull to God's desires. Beloved, I encourage you also, keep your love in mind.
“And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.”
Love is power. Love the Lord thy God with all your strength. True love shifts our strength beyond the natural and into the spiritual. The dead weight of hate is a heavy load but love lifts the burden off of our shoulders. The weight of sin is no match for the strength found in the love of God.
“Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.”
Love has us covered. When you conceal a thing, it's to hide a sense of shame. When God conceals our sins, he also removes those feelings of self awareness. The less time we spend being self aware, the more time we now have to be aware to the needs of others. Love shifts the balance of power. It takes us back to the simplicity of our beginning where one could say they truly felt no shame.
“Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.”
The highest love
The love of God is a transcendent love. A love that requires us to go higher than we are used to naturally. Displaying the love of God is our greatest responsibility. It is the marker by which the world shall know that we are of God. The spirit that is in us bears witness to the love that is in our hearts.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”
Love practices what is preaches. Christ dealt with those who lied to him, lied on him and all other forms of betrayal. Despite this, his arms remained open. Why? Love is merciful. It is tied to our willingness to forgive. Never take for granted how much of a difference your love could be to the life of someone else. Love leaves room for a change of heart. The love of God left room in his house for us.
“In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
Back to the future
“We love him, because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:19
The suffering of our trials gives us an appreciation for abiding in the house of God. Love takes us back by faith and teaches us obedience. Our willingness to receive the testimony of God guides our thinking as we begin to rightly divide the word of truth. May our love be perfected by the love of Christ. Believe, be love and be blessed.
“And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”