12-10-18 I Am Love 1Jn 4:19

Hi Friends,

We continue with the Advent candles today as we discuss Love. Listen to God’s beautiful Word:

“We love because He first loved us.” 1 Jn 4:19 NIV

I am Loved. What a simple verse this is, and yet it is filled with such depth and meaning. When speaking about my Angel Pie, I often say, even before I knew Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I loved Beckie. But after I became born again, I loooovvvvved her. The depth of my growing love for my daughter, my appreciation for the honor and privilege of being her Mom and my gratitude towards God Who gave her to me was (and continues to be) unending. Here’s what I discovered: I sincerely wanted to love her as much as I could, but since I did not have much love inside of me, I couldn’t love her as fully as my heart desired. In other words, we cannot give away what we do not have. First we must receive God’s Perfect Love, THEN we can give it to others. If we do not put God first and receive His Love, then we drain our limited resources very quickly and are not able to love others as we truly want to do. We can only love others as we realize, more and more, how much we are loved by our Creator.

I am Loved. A huge part of receiving God’s Perfect Love is understanding how He loves us. We can turn to 1 Corinthians chapter 13 to get an idea of what this “Agape” Love looks like, but it is also clearly displayed in the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Himself. The fact that He would descend from His Heavenly Throne, live a difficult yet perfectly obedient life, die a most horrific death on our behalf, then rise up from death defeating it for us should teach us how far God will go to capture our hearts to receive His Love! Please LET yourself be convinced more than ever that God loves you! Yes, God loves you just as you are, right here and right now. You do not NEED to change in order to be loved by God. But if you begin to receive this amazing Love, you will desire to change. You will want to imitate Him more and more. You will want to love others the way He loves you more and more. You will want God’s Perfect Love to continually transform you into His likeness more and more. You see, God’s Love is a transforming Love. God does love us just as we are, but He loves us too much to leave us in any fallen state. He desires the best for us and the best for us is to be more and more like Him. We can only be more like Him as we realize, more and more, how much we are loved by our Creator.

I am Loved. God loves us just the way we are because He understands the depths of our hearts. He not only knows what we will think, say and do, but He knows WHY we will think, say and do those things. God knows the hurts we have suffered. He knows the flaws we each have. He knows the struggles we fight. And He takes all of these, and more, into consideration as He continues to shape our hearts to be more like His Own. He knows what situations will draw us closer to Him so we will receive His Love. He knows what things would cause us to turn away from Him where we cannot receive His Love. Every minute of every day is God’s Love because He is using all these events to mature us into His Image. The more we see daily circumstances through this Truth, the more we will learn to lean on Him and work with Him to be transformed. The more we become like Him, the more of His Perfect Love we are able to receive. And the more of His Perfect Love we receive, the more we can love others…and the more fulfilling our lives become. We can only love others as we realize, more and more, how much we are loved by our Creator.

I am love. You and I are a work in progress. Only Jesus perfectly walked in the Will of the Father. But you and I can come closer and closer to that standard. The more we decide to obey God’s Will over our own, the more we too will be love. That is, the more we will think, say and do loving things. It will automatically pour out of us. Again, we cannot give away what we do not have for ourselves. As we obey God’s Plan for our lives, we ARE receiving His Love and loving Him in return. Then we will have a harvest of love that we can pour out into the lives of others. You want to do something amazing for those you want to love? Then receive God’s Perfect Love so you CAN love others. Then won’t you join me?

Until we meet again, keep lifting your eyes to God, He’s closer than you think!

<>< Peace, Diane