seven about love: #7

“What marvelous love the Father has extended to us!
Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are.
But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously,
because it has no idea who He is or what He’s up to.
But friends, that’s exactly who we are: children of God.
And that’s only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up!
What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we’ll see Him—
and in seeing Him, become like Him.
All of us who look forward to His Coming stay ready,
with the glistening purity of Jesus’ life as a model for our own.”
1 John 3:1-3 Message

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I wrote seven on love (this time!), but couldn’t we stay on the topic of love forever?  it doesn’t matter how long we have, we’ll never even come close to “comprehending with all the saints (God’s people) the width and length and height and depth of His love [fully experiencing that amazing, endless love]” (Ephesians 3:18 Amplified).

What a nice way to begin: the above passage tells us that this is “only the beginning. Who knows how we’ll end up!” All the things the Lord is doing in your heart and spirit, all of His work and attention to you doesn’t come to an end: we are meant to face each day anew, empowered by His love: ready to conquer, ready to share, ready to face the challenges ahead. Armed with God’s love, confident that He is for you and not against you (Romans 8:31), accepting what is your responsibility and not worrying about what is His responsibility, you can accomplish great things in the name of Jesus and on behalf of His kingdom!

What are great things? Loving your family well. Being generous to those in need. Speaking life to those within your sphere of influence. Cleaning your kitchen (it’s a win, people – take it!). Speaking to one or speaking to one thousand. Being kind to a stranger. Being kind to a difficult family member or co-worker.  Accepting love from others with grace.  Refusing condemnation from others with grace.

 Let’s see Ephesians 3:19, let Paul finish that thought: “that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself”. Amen and amen.  Couldn’t have said it better myself – I don’t even know how to build on that, it’s already so good. 

Being filled up throughout your being, having the richest experience of God’s presence in your life, completely filled and even flooded with God Himself – that’s your treasure, if you’ll accept it and walk it out.  If you do walk it out, you’ll start to minister to and love others out of the God-overflow in your life, with no fear that you will experience lack if you give out to others – that’s how you pass this treasure along. Praying you will find this treasure and share it ❤

Jennifer 🙂

 

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