We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
A song writer said, love is a word that comes and goes but few people really know what it means to really love somebody. True life and love starts from receiving and responding to God’s great gift of love. You and I were made to be loved by God. And until we make room to receive the unselfish, steadfast, tangible love of God, we’ll spend the rest of our lives striving, vying for affection from others. And in the process dispense an inferior kind of love, because we can only give what we have.
Friends, we all need to experience the love of God. The single most important part of our day is receiving the love of our heavenly Father. Without being loved by God, you can’t fully love him or others. And the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 13:1, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” meaning our day is useless without loving God and loving others. As believers we are called to live our life in response to God’s love, because God wants everything we do to be done in love. If what you are doing isn’t done in love, it is not pleasing to him, and you can’t live a lifestyle of loving others without being loved by him first.
The reason to so many watered down versions of love is because people have not really experienced the love of God that is in Christ, but God’s desire is to completely overwhelm you with His love right now. He doesn’t want to love you just so you’ll love Him back or love those around you. Loving God and others is a natural by-product of receiving God’s love. He loves you just because he loves you. He longs for you to live a lifestyle of love because he knows that’s the absolute, most fulfilling, purposeful, and peaceful way of life for you. He longs to set you free from the burdens of living for your own gain. He longs to lead you to the path of abundant life. But it all starts with simply receiving His love.
I Declare: Heavenly father, today I come to you with open arms. Overwhelm me with your love and affections, let my love life overflow from the abundance of the love you have for me through Christ Jesus.
Ignite Thought: Those who truly experience and receive true LOVE don’t live out their lives striving for inferior affections of men.