As many of you read from last entry, my summer has been dictated far more by disease than by vacation. I have never lost a whole summer before…saying, “I didn’t like it” is an understatement! In my absence from play, I found myself contemplating things for which most of us rarely give ourselves time. I thought, and thought, and thought, because it was all I could do. And the one thought that rose above all others, surprised me.
As my wife diligently served me in my need, I realized quickly that being loved, as good as it might feel, eventually drains you of life. God created us to give…to pour out…to love. I discovered quickly that only in giving to others, do we find meaning and joy! I found myself longing to live and love more than any other desire in my heart.
I gained a new perspective on the simple truth that “God is love.”
God loved us before we failed Him. He loved us after our mistakes. He loved us when we weren’t looking for Him. God loved us just to be near to us. Simply put, God showed us that mature love is more than a decision; love is pre-thought. What does that mean? With God as our example, the ultimate form of love occurs before we decide to act in love. It moves before a need is seen. It compels before it becomes the right thing to do.
I know…I know! Undoubtedly, we should act loving regardless of our mood; and that’s the least we should do. But, being moved by love before we’re obligated to love is the only truth that brings real freedom.
Our self-interest can be so strong that to be love as “God is love” would seem nearly impossible. We are so bent on fulfilling our dreams and purposes that we, at times, forget that our story was not written just for us, but for all that would need a touch from God. Recall what Jesus said, “what is impossible with man is possible with God.”
I believe there is no greater mission of God’s Spirit in you than transforming you into a vessel of this kind of mature love. Far more than wielding power, performing miracles, and defeating the devil, the Holy Spirit longs to transform your heart to be like the Father’s. He longs for us to be creatively responsive to everything around us before it’s required. As God is love, so we are meant to be.
My summer’s process through healing continues to teach me afresh what it means to have God in us. If God is in me; and He is love, then to be love should be my ultimate aspiration. This truth of God’s love in you will transform how you pray…how you worship. You will look not only for His tangible glory, but for His transforming light within you until it spills out into real life.
May the Lord bless you greatly as you seek a heart that looks more like His.