Human love is fragile, fickle, fading and disappointing at best. We try to keep love alive, but life gets in the way. Our personalities sabotage our best intentions; and our vows mean little after the hurts we experience mount up.
However, God’s love is pure and satisfying (1 John 4:8). Jesus personified that love throughout His life through His obedience as a son, healing the sick, caring for the children, teaching the multitudes, and ultimately suffering the horrifying persecution, crucifixion and death on Calvary’s cross.
God’s love is unconditional and never fails. His love is patient, kind, keeps no record of wrong doing, nor does it take pleasure in evil; it is not envious or boastful or proud or rude or self-seeking or easily angered (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).
He never holds grudges against us for our thoughts, words or behavior. He pursues us with His amazing love all the days of our life. Yet, many people never respond in kind, and fail to come to Him in humble repentance and adoration (Jeremiah 31:3).
As authentic Believers, our human love is replaced by God’s Spirit with this divine character of God’s love. As He sanctifies us day after day, He heals the trauma of our past and the lies that Satan planted in each event along the way (2 Peter 1:4).
This enables us to forgive our self and others, as well as to love our self and those who wounded us in the past. God’s love flows out of us to the world all around us, drawing in the hurting humanity that we meet.
If we let go of our bitterness and anger, and stop clinging to temporary earthly possessions and relationships to fill our soul, His love fills in all of the cracks in our life and makes us whole and complete, lacking nothing (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Luke 21:19).
Father God, we struggle most of our life from the results of the wounds of our past. We feel unlovable and never able to measure up. We attempt to perfect our personality and behavior through our human strength in order to gain that love. However, the façade that we construct never stays in place long enough to achieve our goal.
Yet, when we repent of our sins and ask Jesus to sit on the throne of our life, Your love come flooding into our soul and fills us to overflowing with everything we need to feel whole and complete (Psalm 23:5). Help us to cooperate with Your Spirit’s sanctifying work, so that we can be vessels of Your love, brimming with genuine care for everyone we meet.
Thought for the Day:
God’s transforming love heals the effects of rejection, abuse, abandonment, belittlement, etc. that we experience along life’s road; and it overflows in our heart as we feel the ultimate fulfillment that is attainable only through a life in service at the pleasure of our King Jesus.