Tuesday, April 24, 2012

True Love

I wonder how often we mistakingly think about God's love in human terms. Lately I have had feelings of guilt for not living for God like I should. I have been putting a lot of other things first, and really not been giving God all that He deserves. I guess somehow, I feel like since I haven't been doing my part, God is going to stop doing His.
Have you ever wondered if God is going to stop loving you? 
This is when I realized that I really do not have an accurate understanding of the role God's love plays in my life.I think a lot of my childhood experiences tainted my view of love. I learned that I had to earn acceptance and love from my the ones I looked up to, and often I just wasn't good enough. When I apply that to God's love however, I couldn't be more wrong.
 Roman's 8:28-29 says that NOTHING can separate me from the love of Christ...not even myself or the mistakes I make! That's the beauty of the love of God. It should make us feel secure in ways that no human love can. 
A verse that I found in Hosea 11:4 says, "I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love, and I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them."
God's love draws us to himself and frees us! You know that feeling of always trying to earn love from those around you?
God's love fills all those needs so we are no longer in bondage to others.
Once I understand and accept the unconditional love of Christ, I can let his love channel through me to love others! John 13:34-"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you".
God, fill my heart with your love for everyone around me that when I love them, they may see You.

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