For whom the LORD loves He reproves, Even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:12
Love is a great driving force.
When someone loves you, it gives you hope and strength. When you feel unloved or rejected by someone you love, it is devastating and makes you question the reason you are alive. In illness and loneliness, or feeling forgotten or abandoned, study shows that love inspires people with a will to live. If we seek love, we will find comfort in God’s unchanging love. Even though having human love is great, God’s love is far greater.
The Father’s great love has made us His children and sets us apart from the world, in other words God’s love makes us holy. We were not holy, we were never perfect. We can say we thought of God, and feared Him, but we never knew God and we did not ever live a godly life as Jesus lived. The Father’s great love for us should consume our everyday thought life and direct our behavior. It should motivate us to serve God with love, and to live pure and holy lives for His glory. It’s supposed to comfort us during trying times, and should keep us with a hopeful attitude. The love of God should also keep us in awe of God, in praise and worship. But it is possible that we lose sight of God’s love toward us.
This happens, not because we do not know God’s love, but because we become used to it; just like any relationship. Unfortunately, the law of familiarity catches us up with all relationships who have been together for a while. You can have the greatest friend, the greatest husband or wife, but sometimes things become routine. The passion dies down, and being comfortable sets in. God is inside of us, and He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. For our friendship with God to remain in momentum, we must think often about Him, our friendship and what He means to us. And truth be told, this takes work, it requires effort. We all have a lot going on, on a day to day basis. If we do not deliberately take the time and focus on God: we will neglect our relationship with Him. Confession: Sometimes when I don’t even want to pray, I throw myself on the floor and force myself to pray to God. It’s all about self control, I will never get tired of saying that. On another note, knowing God’s love pushes us to overcome great obstacle, to take great risks and to step out by faith! We cannot ever pay God back for His great love, but it’s natural to have that desire. It is natural to reciprocate. But if you constantly find that you are working to earn God’s love, or salvation, or beating yourself up when failing to meet a standard, then this says that there is pride in your soul, which needs to be dealt with.
God’s love also involves correction and discipline, of course. But, the bible says for parents not to provoke their kids: why? Because provoking them, makes them defiant and feel unloved. Inclusively, God loves us with a merciful love, not a strict law abiding love. The truth is, that our salvation is a free gift. We do not earn or deserve God’s love. It is up to us to receive it. And maybe if you are like me your trust issues have played a negative impact on the receiving end, maybe towards receiving love from people or like some of my friends receiving love from God. God’s love is not like people’s love, it’s better. God’s ways are not like our ways, they’re higher. So, when we recognize God’s love we do a better job at everything because we recognize that we do all things for His own glory and not ours. When God brings correction we receive it: when God brings pruning, we assist Him: when God brings trials, we build on our faith, when God allows demonic attack, we lean on Him to fight on our behalf in prayer and in the word. It’s a team effort, like the children of God we are called to be.
By His power, God causes us to be born again through His Holy Spirit. This means that our spirit receives a new life, and our soul is reborn. We were spiritually dead but are made alive by Holy Spirit. We receive a new heart, and our minds are now united with Christ’s mind: our soul begins the process of liberation, sanctification and justification. Salvation is liberation: we are saved, we are being saved and we will be saved.
We literally become partakers of the God’s divine nature (2 Peter 1:4), even though we will always fall short of perfection. We continue until Christ’s return in progression towards perfection.
Father God, thank you for your amazing grace. Your patience, persistence and love towards us. May our days be filled with experiencing your perfect love, help us to love others as we know you love us. And forgive us when we choose comfort over obedience, and help us to stay calm through any of life’s storms. I give you praise and honor. In Jesus name, Amen.