Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
Lover of God
The first commandment is to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. How does one love in a vacuum? How does one keep love fresh and passionate? How does one keep love new? There has to be an inexhaustible source of love that keeps all loves constant. There has to be an eternal love. There has to be an infinite love. If there is no eternal, infinite source we do not have the resources to guarantee that we will be constant in our love. We often draw from shallow wells of affection and we find that we start scraping the bottom and draw up our own sludge and dirt before ultimately the well runs dry. What if we met Jesus and drew from his well? The Bible says that we, as Christians, love because he first loved us. We do not initiate our consistent love life, the infinite and eternal Word of God speaks love into our lives. It is up to us to stay close and listen to his words of love. For example, he tells us some things that often we find it hard to believe. Jesus accepts Christians unconditionally. He does not love us more because we behave well. He loves us enough not to leave us as he finds us. He changes us and sometimes allows pain and brings hardships so that our character will be formed.
As we see the cross and all that it does for us each day, we respond with love that has been gifted to us. As we see the sacrifice Jesus makes for us, we sacrifice ourselves for others. The one for whom we ultimately sacrifice ourselves is God. We have not seen God with our eyes, we have not sensed God with the five senses, but through faith we sense him around us in other ways. As we allow that life’s circumstances, that creation, and that our relationships communicate God’s presence to us, so we feel more enveloped and enraptured by his love. The day we are broken and understand mercy and grace is a day when we throw ourselves into the arms of our redeemer.
God, warm the passions of my heart. Let me see your constant, eternal love for me. Let me respond appropriately with love for you and for my family, friends, and enemies. Let me be grateful and content with all that you have given me. I rely on your emotional and physical strength because I am mortal and dependent on you even for the air I breathe.
- In spite of what impediment do Christians love God?
- How does sight often help love?
- Describe the love one might have for God.
- When does the well of your love become shallow or dry?
- How do you constantly work to fill your well of love?