2/20/17 God's Kind of Love
“Do you know that I love watching your lives unfold? You are the stars in the eternal drama that is history in the making. As a true Father, there are many demonstrations of My love that bring you into the fullness of My salvation process. I must respond to your needs and your actions to make sure that you become complete. Any real father has to encourage, goad, chastise, and guide.
"Most of all, however, I love to love you. I love to watch you respond to My calling. I truly enjoy seeing you grow strong in understanding. I love to observe you when you flow in My Word. Most of all, it thrills Me when I see you flowing in My love, not only My love toward you, but My love in you toward others. When you function in both of those realms, you are living the kind of life for which I have formed you. You are complete.
"I know that presently you can only dwell in love, complete love, for very short periods at a time. Sometimes you have little understanding of My love toward you, especially when times are difficult. Other times you find it difficult to love others. To do so you must take your eyes off of what is best for you and live what is best for them, like Jesus did. I also know, however, that as you draw near to Me, you will be able to love deeper more often. Eventually, you will realize that honest loving is why you have been born of the Spirit, and that love is your strongest weapon and your truest joy.
"Learn to flow in love. Do not function in the fickle, self-serving love of your former nature, but the kind of love inspired in the heavenlies, the kind that I have instituted to last for eternity. My love overcomes, creates, heals, and transcends every negative element in life, now and forever. My love is for you to receive and then give away. Flow in it.”
Romans 12:9-10, 16 NIV
9) Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
10) Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves...
16) Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
1 Cor. 13:12b-13 NIV
12b) Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13) And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Eph. 5:1-2 NIV
1) Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
2) and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Eph. 5:10 AMP
And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him].
Rev. 3:19 AMP
Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude].
Our limited understanding denies the power of real love. Because we can only comprehend the kind of love that exists on earth—an emotional, evasive, sometimes fleeting kind of love—we have difficulty seeing the wealth of loving God’s way, wealth that is to us and for us.
Do a study of God’s kind of love. You will see that the word itself will take on new meaning. (That was a dual reference. I mean the word “love” and the Word, meaning the Bible.)
Out of a heart of love, God spoke this world into being, created mankind, installed the redemption process, remains patient until all things are fulfilled, and promises eternal freedom. Those are not small items that can be accomplished by flighty, emotional feelings. Our kind of love is so limited in scope that we don’t associate it with such power in action. Love, however, is the foundation for all that is done in God’s economy. Maybe it’s time to learn what it’s all about, and then make functioning in it our priority.
Wanting to understand God’s kind of love,