My awe-inspiring friends, I didn’t actually plan to continuously post on LOVE this month, but while I was meditating on what the Holy Spirit has for us this April, He directed me to Romans 5:8, where Paul tells us that “But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us” [Amplified].
Being sinners meant that we were in such a spiritual mess that ordinarily speaking; nobody would want to identify with us. But guess what! God did identify with us by sending Jesus to die for us. It’s very easy for someone to die or vouch for a good man, but here we see God dying for people who had nothing good in them. That’s true love. The death of Christ is God’s greatest proof of His love for us. This is how I got to the point of writing on God’s love. It’s the essence of our existence.
The focus of today’s post is to share with you two specific things that God expects from you as your response to His love for you, which has been poured in your born again spirit. That’s what I call “Your Love Responsibility”.
This is important because what you’ll become in the light of God’s master plan is defined by what you do about His love in your born again spirit.
I want you to know that God loves you the same way He loves Jesus. Would you please say that to yourself aloud: “God loves ME the same way He loves Jesus”. You have to keep reminding yourself of that every day in spite of Satan’s suggestions.
To be born again means you have received the fullness of God’s love in your born again spirit, which constitutes a combination of the love of the Father [John 15:9-12], the love of the Son [Ephesians 3:14-19], and the love of the Holy Spirit [Romans 15:30], conveyed in you by the Holy Spirit, who’s otherwise referred to as the “Spirit of love”, according to 2 Timothy 1:7.
Just like God, you’re love, and you’re expected to respond to God’s love that you have received. The question now is “What should be your response to God’s love?”
Response # 1: Keep Feeding Your Faith with God’s Love
The measure of faith you received at the new birth has to be fed with God’s love constantly because it can only thrive in an atmosphere of love [Galatians 5:6]. The implication of this is that the efficacy of your faith is defined by your promptness to walk in God’s love.
My concern now is this: How do you feed your faith with God’s love? Simple! Keep studying and meditating on what God’s Word teaches about His love. Take whatever He says personally. One of my recommendations to Christians is that, anytime you’re studying God’s Word, make sure it’s for yourself and not for someone else. Study with the intention of applying the Word to your life first.
From experience, I have come to the conclusion that it’ll be difficult for people to believe in what you tell them irrespective of how powerful it is, when they haven’t seen it working in your life. That’s why with respect to the application of God’s Word, you must be the husbandman – that is, the first partaker of the benefits of living by the Word.
As touching the feeding of your faith with God’s love, it’s fundamental not to worry about how horrible you feel about your life before you got born again. Just keep paying close attention on what the Word says about God’s love [remember I said it must be personalized], get a hold of it, fill your mind with it and start living by it.
Now, I have a little secret I’d like to share with you: “Has it ever crossed your mind to think that Jesus never actually used the word ‘Beloved’ before the name of John the Apostle – I mean the author of the Gospel according to Saint John, the three Epistles of John, and the Book of Revelation?”
As the author of the Gospel according to Saint John, he chose to personalize God’s Word by referring to himself as “The Disciple Whom Jesus Loved”. Take a look at what John said about himself: “But Peter turned and saw THE DISCIPLE WHOM JESUS LOVED, following – the one who also had leaned back on His breast at the supper and had said, Lord, who is it that is going to betray you? [John 21:20 Amplified].
The truth is, the Bible doesn’t keep record of any particular time when Jesus specifically addressed John as “The Disciple Whom I Love”, but we have proofs of the verbal expression of Jesus’ love to all His disciples. One of such instances is found in John 15:9-12, where Jesus said: “9 as the Father hath loved me, so have I LOVED YOU: continue ye in my love. 10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, that ye love one another, AS I HAVE LOVED YOU.
You see, Jesus loved all His disciples, and that’s what He told them, but John chose to personalize that and started referring to himself as “The disciple whom Jesus loved”. This is what feeding your faith with God’s love is about. It’s your primary response to God’s love. Just keep filling your mind with thoughts of His love, lifted from His Word. Trust me, God loves you the same way He loves Jesus.
Response # 2: Live within His Love
This is the second way you respond to God’s love. To “live” in this context means “remain, stay, dwell, continue”, amongst others. In the words of Jesus He told His then disciples, as well as His present day disciples, to “… continue ye in my love” [John 15:9].
The implication of such an instruction is to inform us that God wants us to remain in His love. This supposes committing ourselves to cultivating an attitude that will keep us consistently conscious of His love for us.
This is important because I have personally come across a lot of Christians who don’t understand the scope of God’s love for them. With that kind of mind set, at the slightest mistake, they feel God will finish with them.
You see, I haven’t met any earthly father who does that, in spite of how strict he is. If earthly fathers wouldn’t do that, then God wouldn’t either, because He’s far better than all the earthly fathers put together.
Spend time to reflect and meditate on God’s love for you; it’s unconditional. He loved you when you were still a sinner; when you had nothing; when you were still an enemy to Him. You didn’t even know Him, yet He loved you to the point of sending His Son to die for you. What a lovely Father. He came to look for us with the greatest love that has, and will ever exist – agape love.
One of the ways to live within His love is to be a doer of His Word. Practice how to live by His Word and that lifestyle will keep you in His love all the time. Jesus leaves us with that clue when He said, “IF YE KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS, YE SHALL ABIDE IN MY LOVE; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love” [John 15:10].
There’s a place where the wicked one can’t touch you in spite of how hard he tries to harm you; a place where all his activities against humanity can’t touch you either. This is because that place is a no-go zone for the adversary. In spite of his being the god of this world, yet he can’t get a hold of you because he’s not permitted to access that place.
It’s called “The Love of God”. In His own very words, Jesus leaves us with this invaluable command, to “live – abide, continue, remain – within my love”. It’s not a suggestion, it’s a command. If you stand a chance of seeing the activation of words like: “A thousand will fall by your side, and ten thousand by your right, but it shall not come near you”; “No plaque shall come near your dwelling place”; in your life, the only guarantee is to live by Jesus’ command to “Abide in my love”.
There’re several other places where you’d want to live, yet He specifically tells us the environment where He wants us to live – it’s within His love, and nowhere else.
His love is a place where sickness is turned to health; poverty is turned to wealth, lack is turned to abundance and oppression is turned to freedom.
His love is the only place where you’re untouchable, unstoppable, and indestructible by the wicked one. It’s the safest place to be on earth. It’s a place where your struggles to make things happen come to an end. It’s a place where it doesn’t matter how people treat you or what they say about you; but you just keep getting blessed in everything you do, and say, and everywhere you go. Alleluia!
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You’re deeply loved, highly favoured and greatly blessed because you’re a life-giving spirit just like Jesus.
Jesus Is Lord!