Let God Love You!

by Lester Young

It probably doesn’t come as a big surprise (especially if you’re a Christian) that we’re supposed to love one another. Yet all too often we seem to take it as though it were some sort of ‘suggestion,’ or just a nice thing to do if we happen to be having a good day and feel like it. No, there’s actually more to it than that: it’s a direct and emphatic command from our Lord (John 15:12, 17; 1 John 3:23, 4:20-21). What’s more, it doesn’t identify any special conditions about ‘who’ we should do it to, nor does it even mention our ‘mood’ while we’re doing it. In other words, we should be walking in a constant state of love toward all people at all times – regardless of whether we like them or if we just happen to be having one of those ‘bad hair days’ (Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 6:27-36).

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: “Much, much easier said than done!” And you’re right; I can’t argue with you there. As the saying goes, “If it was easy, everybody would be doing it” …and we’d all already be living Heaven on earth. Unfortunately for us, however, just as He didn’t bother to ‘qualify’ just who, how and when to love others, Jesus also totally ignored the notion of ‘degree of difficulty’ regarding His Directive to love, too. And that can mean only one thing: as far as Jesus is concerned, the difficulty of it (or lack thereof) simply doesn’t matter and shouldn’t even be factored into our decision to obey His command.

Of course it shouldn’t. Indeed, our decision to ‘obey’ (period!) should have been made long ago, when we received Jesus as Lord. After all, that title ‘Lord’ automatically implies (among other things) an ‘Order-giver/order-taker’ relationship. But to be just and fair in His order-giving, the Lord would have to see to it that either a) He only gives us tasks to do that we’re capable of doing, or b) we’re provided everything we need to successfully complete the tasks He gives us to do that we can’t do ourselves. And so because He is a just and fair Lord (Isaiah 11:4; Psalm 98:9), that’s exactly what He’s done: we already have at our disposal everything we need to obey His commands, including the one about love (1 Corinthians 1:7; Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:22; 2 Peter 1:3).

You see, we were never meant to do things alone. We weren’t meant to try to love in our own natural power, understanding or emotion. Although it can certainly be a powerful thing, our own natural love is nevertheless based – at its core depth – on our inward ‘feelings.’ And, simply put, those feelings and emotions are subject to change. If you trace it down far enough, you’ll inevitably come to the revelation that quite often our own natural, physical love is tied to ‘self’; that is, it has ‘self’-ish attachments to it. That’s why it can falter, weaken and literally fail if we perceive that – on whatever level – that love is not returned to us.

Now, please don’t misunderstand me: if you’ve somehow been mistreated by a loved one, a friend or just an acquaintance, whether slightly or severely, I’m in no way judging you or insinuating that you did anything at all to deserve it – nor am I saying that your love just wasn’t ‘deep’ or ‘true’ enough, or anything like that. No, not at all. I’m simply saying that that’s the nature of our natural, physical, emotion-based love. It’s subject to change, and it can be changed – just like everything else in this natural, physical world. So it’s not really surprising to learn that it can come to an end under sufficiently-adverse conditions. Most all of us, to some degree, have first-hand knowledge of that.

Fortunately, we haven’t been left to use just our own natural love force to fulfill Jesus’ command. We’ve been given God’s very own Love by which to get it done (Romans 5:5). And since God is Love, it’s not too much of a stretch to understand that His love is not only unchanging and unending, it’s also the most powerful force in existence (Malachi 3:6; 1 Corinthians 13:7-8, 13; 1 John 4:8, 16).

How do you appropriate God’s love and begin using it to love others? Again, if it were always easy to do, we’d all be doing it all the time. But since we’ve been commanded to do it, and we’ve also been given everything necessary to carry out the commandment – that being the force of God’s Love Himself inside us, along with the right and power to choose to do so (Deuteronomy 30:19; Romans 5:5; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8) – it must be concluded that with the Lord’s help we can do it. And that, by the way, is just the way He’s always wanted it (Leviticus 26:12; Ezekiel 37:27; 2 Corinthians 6:16).

I’m sure the subject of walking in God’s love could fill a thousand metropolitan libraries a thousand times over – and that would probably just scratch the surface. But I can give you a good place to start. Take some quiet time apart, get your Bible, and just ask the Lord to show you how much He loves you personally. Ask Him to show you what you (not you as part of the collective Body of Christ for right now; but you, you personally) mean to Him, and how He looks at you. Spend some time with God in prayer, speaking in tongues, and just being quiet and listening, too. He’ll begin to give you glimpses of what He thinks and feels about you, and how much He loves and respects you – yes, I said He respects you! (Job 36:5, 42:8-9; Psalm 22:24, 69:33, 102:17; John 11:42)

When these glimpses and impressions come to you, don’t fight them off by thinking, “That’s really not for me; God’s not referring to me in that. He couldn’t be.” Yes…He is. He’s trying to get across to you how He feels about you! That’s what the whole Bible is about: He’s trying to get you to know and understand His thoughts about just how much He loves you and wants to give to you (John 16:15; Romans 8:17). So take those thoughts. Don’t be shy about receiving and applying them to yourself. “For God so loved [you], that He gave His only begotten Son”…so that you could live! (John 3:16) What, you’re not a part of ‘the world’? Take His Word personally…let Him love you!

That’s how you’ll become rooted and grounded in God’s love. You’ll begin to understand and comprehend it; and even more importantly, you’ll start to know and believe it (Ephesians 3:17-19; 1 John 4:16). The more time you spend with God just basking in His love for you, the more settled and comfortable you’ll become in it; and your fears – about everything – will eventually start to lose their grip on you because you know your Almighty Dad loves you dearly and has your back (Romans 8:15-16; 1 John 4:18).

It’s amazing. When you begin to see and understand how God looks at you, and you start to realize just how much He loves you personally, it’ll become a whole lot easier to project that same sentiment on those around you – loved ones, friends, acquaintances and people you don’t even know. That’ll be God the Father’s love flowing through you straight to them, because you’re fully confident in His overflowing love just for you.

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3 Responses to “Let God Love You!”

  1. Just what i needed! Great reminder. God bless, Lester.

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