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The Weird Thing About Love

When it comes to love, everyone in the world wants it and needs it. It’s a part of who we are. We thrive in relationships where we receive and give love away. No matter how we have been hurt, or how we have succeeded in these relationships, we always need them.

If you think about it, love is a powerful force that propels our entertainment, what we read, what we look for and what causes things to sell. Love is a universal word that connects to all nations and all people as it reflects an inner desire that’s the same for all people.

But where does love come from?

It’s my belief that love comes from God. The Bible says that God is love. This means everything about God, all that He has stems from, is love. It’s His motivation, it’s who He is, it’s why He does what He does and it’s why He came to earth. So when you and I believe in Jesus and our lives are changed by His power, love must be the root of our faith and the fruit of how we live. To say it plainly, love must be seen through our lives.

The weird thing about love with God‘s church is that it seen in a couple of different ways. First, some think that the love of God is an elementary teaching that is basic, and churches should move on to something else. Second, the love of God is seen as an excuse to cover mistakes and behavioral issues, thus that group of people is seen as compromising instead of “telling it like it is.”

How weird to me.

The Bible says in John, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Notice that God so loved the world that He gave Jesus. That speaks to me that God moved while the world was against Him. God‘s love motivated Him to move toward us while we were a wreck, while we were messed up and while we did not have it all together. This great love of God is a powerful force that heals our lives and does what we can’t do. The love of God is the greatest thing that you and me could receive from Him, and it empowers us to live in His grace, receive His mercy and move by His spirit.

We can’t get enough of the love of God. It should fill us to overflowing so that it dictates our behavior – both to those we like and those we don’t like. It determines how we forgive and how we choose to rise above the things happen to us. It empowers us to get over the past, to face the present and to have hope for the future. The Bible says that God‘s love is a perfect love, and it cast out all fear. This means that you and I can live fear-free. Why? Because of His love!

I encourage you to not let the love of God be weird, but rather let it be normal as you receive more of Him and as you give Him away. As the church at large, we don’t need more rules and hard-nose thinking. We need more of the love of God to shape our minds, our hearts and our lives. It’s the love of God that determines all other things from Him, which includes healing, peace, joy, hope, blessing, miracles, freedom and more. It all comes from His love. Which is why our enemy wants to block the love of God so that he blocks us from receiving these things and more.

Is the love of God weird to you?

I encourage you to receive more of it. How do we do that? I believe the more we open our hearts to God and receive His grace and mercy for our issues, the more we are filled up to give it away. There’s nothing like confronting yourself and seeing how God helps us. He covers us personally and that compels us to give. This humbles us and empowers us to be like Jesus.

So open your heart to Him! Lay down religion, lay down hurts and pains, lay down the past, lay down offense and let the love of God arise in your heart. Jesus can do anything, and when you and I receive that love our lives will change. Then He will use us to help others experience the same thing. The only weird about the love of God is that it’s mesmerizing, wonderful, marvelous, excellent, profound and indescribable.

May the Lord fill you with His love. May He heal your heart, and may His love be normal to you as you walk with Him and as you give it away.

The best is yet to come,
PD



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