“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” 1 John 4:16
This whole “B DA GLV” idea was very appealing to me right from the start. I mean what Christian doesn’t want to be more loving, more able to make a difference in the world, more available to be used my God? Isn’t that what we’re here for?
I recognized pretty early on that I was missing something… something huge. When I would set out to have a “glove-filled” day, a great desire to make a difference in the lives of those that the Lord put in my path, it wouldn’t take long before I’d crash and burn. Even with the best intentions I was back to the “world of me” where others are just an inconvenient interruption.
Initially I thought it was just a lack of love on my part. Perhaps I just didn’t have it in the “sacrificial love” department. But eventually I realized I was missing far more than the depth of love and skill it took to love others the way I felt the Lord wanted me to. I was missing the enormity and intimacy of GOD’S LOVE …for me!
Now that may sound incredibly arrogant and self-absorbed (a trip to the “world of me” – how fun for you) but please don’t let that distract you from the point.
I could not – and cannot – love others unless and until I truly KNOW what it means to be a recipient of His love! Somehow over the years I had tuned out to that life-changing and powerfully transforming love that the God of the universe chose to bestow on me. I knew God loved me and wouldn’t hesitate to tell anyone who asked. But I may as well have said, “My cat loves me.” (My cat doesn’t even know my name!!!) I had completely lost sight of what it meant to be LOVED BY GOD!
So I began a journey of rediscovering that love and I continue to pursue it. I want to know that love intimately because it’s who my God is. He is LOVE. If I don’t come to know who HE is how can I ever expect to share Him with others. How about you? How well do you know Him and His love for you?