Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul,
and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law
and the Prophets.”
1John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
The love of God is powerful. It is healing for us, it demonstrates Christ and it enables us
to live in harmony with others. I have been on a love walk with God for quite sometime.
However, recently I have come into greater understanding of how important it is for us
to experience the love of the Father and how important it is for us to love others.
The world has a love deficit. With all the turmoil and chaos we are watching in our hour
comes a loud message that our world does not know love. The breakdown of the family
is one indicator amongst many others. Our fleshly nature does not have the capability
to love ourselves well, let alone others. Since God is love, His love is supernatural and
unconditional, which is “agape” love.
When we choose Jesus and accept salvation, the love of God is now deposited in our hearts.
With God’s love now dwelling in us, we can love Him, love others and love ourselves. The love
of God is more than knowledge, it is to be experienced in our hearts. When your heart is overflowing
with the love of God, you will be able to “Believe the best of every person” (AMP 1 Cor. 4:7).
It takes the supernatural love of God to love people beyond their behavior. If the people who are
imprisoned, abandoned, thieves and our enemies never encounter the love of God, they will never be changed. God’s love is the most powerful transformational agent on the face of the earth! If we are critical, condescending and judgmental, who will we bring to heaven with us? Our love may be someone else’s only connection to Christ.
A couple years ago, the Lord spoke to me and said “Love at all cost.”
The love of God is rooted in intimacy. If the enemy can steal this from us, and he tries
with distractions, we will lose our passion and our heart can become distant. Intimacy is
alone time with the Lord. It is a time of communion, prayer and listening. It is a time for worship
and adoration. It is glorious to spend time adoring our Lord with no petitions. If we spend time
soaking, resting in His presence, our love tank will overflow.
If we walk this life full of the Love of our Father, we make room for others to encounter Jesus.
Often times the Lord has me hug people. I cry with people. He wants our arms to embrace
the brokenhearted revealing His love. He wants us to love others into freedom, and to love them
into His family.