Yesterday we thought about the love of God drawing sinners to himself. But what about those of us who already have come to Him and received the Lord Jesus as our Savior?
How is the love of God demonstrated to me as a believer? Is it when He is giving me all that I want, making my life easier, or keeping me from troubles? Does it mean I get the perfect job, or the perfect spouse, or the perfect number of children?
Is it possessing a big house, moving to another country with a higher standard of living? Is it getting a life with no struggles, no health issues, and a glorious retirement? Is it fame and popularity among the saints?
Loves changes me
The love of God is God living His life through us. God gives us the ability to love because He first loved us! (1 John 4:19)
The love of God makes us different than we were. The love of God causes us to obey our boss, to be content with what we have, to love those who try to hurt us, and most of all, to love God Himself. It helps us to love those who gossip about us. The love of God humbles us.
The love of God makes us like Himself. He says “Be you holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16) As we experience the Love of God in our own lives, He begins to live His holy life through us. He changes us and makes us like Him. He gives us a desire to read His word and obey it!
God makes us holy, not me. We cannot live a holy life on our own. He lives it through us. “The life that I now live in the flesh I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me”. (Galatians 2:20)
Love changes relationships
The love of God causes us to love the unlovable. To love our brother, our neighbor and even our enemies. “But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.”(Matthew 5:44)
The love of God causes us to put others first: “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”(Philippians 2:4)
The love of God causes us to promote others instead of ourselves. “For I say, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think.” (Romans 12:3)
The love of God changes our whole perspective on life. The world says “me first, I’m #1, I got here first, or me, myself and I.” But the love of God is spelled j-o-y: Jesus, others, you. Now we can put God first in our life because He loved first!
Now we can put all others before us. By doing that we don’t have time to worry about ourselves. God takes care of that. He upholds us.
Let God’s love live His life through you and then suddenly others will see “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” May we let the love of God be lived in our lives by the God of love Himself.