I learned, like all of you, that trust is earned. That, we don’t give to another unless we know that they are trustworthy. We don’t waste resources on those who might potentially use us. Right?
“God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God…” (1 John 4:16)
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18)
I truly am glad that God does not love like us. God made a way for us to discover all things eternal before we even recognized His gift of life through Jesus Christ. Even though He knew that people would reject Him and even abuse those whom He would send; God gave anyways.
I hardly know of any more poignantly insightful truth than the nature of God’s love. It cuts through just about any other agenda that could be deceptively lurk in the background of our hearts, our conversations, or even in our preaching. His love points to the heart of every matter under the sun. It asks us, “Are we truly for the best of another?”
I know; I know! I understand that we must exercise wisdom and faithful stewardship over the resources God has given us. This is true. BUT, I can tell that we use that line of reasoning far more often as an excuse to fuel our own agenda than God’s.
The one thing that brings true healing and transformation is generous and sacrificial love. Any other motivation will tend toward the manipulation of another for our personal security or self-aggrandizement. It happens without us hardly being aware. Love instead seeks the true freedom of another from fear and the domination of another.
So today, be courageous! Let God’s love in and through you be for another’s best before your own. Trust that love is greater than the use of fear. Wait for its outcome; and then, witness what is real.