When our words are bathed in the love of God, they become words of life. Apart from love, we become a sounding brass or a clanging cymbal without substance.
Do you know that we only have influence over those we love or have compassion for? The fuel behind our desire to speak comes from the passion in our hearts to bring light, encouragement and hope, a joyful anticipation that something good is about to break forth, all because we have a GOOD, GOOD FATHER, Who love us so dearly and Who is always committed to our good.
Our love-empowered words can only come from the Source of love Who is LOVE HIMSELF. The Lord our God is LOVE! Without Him, love gets misquoted, misinterpreted, misunderstood, mis-expressed and mis-defined.
In and of our own ability, to say love-infused words is an impossibility but as we put our trust in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, He makes it possible. It is He Who is the SUPER to our NATURAL as He clothes us with Himself. It is He Who fills and floods us consistently and continuously with His love that effortlessly overflows to others.
Why do you think floods are a possibility when there is a continuous outpouring of rain? Duhhhh …because when the river banks are full, there is no other way for the water to go but flood out. Did the river bank do anything to overflow? No! It happened because it was full and was continually being filled without stopping! That is effortless!
This is a picture of us being constantly aware of how loved we are. As we posture ourselves to be still and listen to the unforced rhythm of His grace working all around us, we get to see the expression of His love toward us Who believe.
When the Holy Spirit led me to do communion as often as I can, I get to start my day being reminded by this most memorized verse …
“For God SO LOVED the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
He withheld nothing from us, not even His only begotten Son. Jesus did not withhold Himself from us. He went through all that He went through FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM, seeing you and I forgiven and cleansed by the power of His blood shed at the cross, totally restoring us back into our Daddy God’s loving embrace, positioned to walk with Him in intimacy for eternity. What powerful demonstration of love Jesus did for us.
“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” (1 John 4:9)
His words are spirit and they are life fueled by love. Love begets love. Anything and everything that He spoke to us and did for us is all about His love for us.
Because we are created according to His image and likeness, we can be no different. He who He created us to be, He empowers us to do. Our being always precedes our doing. He created us in love, created us to be loved by Him for us to love those around us. He said,
“A NEW commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 NKJV)
The war lies in our heads. Do we really believe that we can do what He called us to do? Love!
Think with me on this, if you were the one who created the car, it is you then who would do everything possible for the car to do what it is supposed to do. Why? Simply because you created it. Before you created it, you carefully thought of it before taking steps for it to exist.
Can you imagine God, the creator of all, thought of you and me before the foundation of the world? When He thought of us, purpose was attached to it, and with that purpose comes that specific seed of greatness and ability to perform it. But then again, the challenging question is, do we believe it?
He called us to love. But that command doesn’t come without depositing first in our hearts His love.
“In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (1 John 4:10)
I was talking to a good friend of mine on the phone and in the course of our conversation, there was a very significant subject where our train of thought collided. It was a sensitive matter. But because I became aware that our words are powerful, I gracefully redirected our conversation and later on hung up the phone. I thought of our conversation over and over, asked wisdom from the Holy Spirit, on how I would maneuver this kind of conversation when it comes up again. Oh how I desire for my words to be fueled by love instead of putting my foot down because what I believe is right.
How do we fight this war in our heads? By beholding Jesus! First and foremost, we have to be fully persuaded that there is always a redemptive solution to every challenge and every challenge is an opportunity for Jesus to show forth His goodness and grace. Secondly, every battle that we face, with Jesus on our side, He already won it for us. It is now just a matter of how He will lead us into triumph. We fight not FOR victory but we fight FROM the victory that He already overcame for us.
It is amazing to think that the war that we are positioned to fight is not focused on the enemy. What kind of war a natural soldier will go to and not focus on the opponent? But this is how we get into battle in the Kingdom of God. We look to Jesus. We focus on Jesus. We praise and worship Jesus. We turn our eyes to Jesus that we may become like Him, talk like Him, believe like Him, pray like Him, walk like Him and love like Him, for we become whom we behold. It is only in Him where the rejection of one’s opinion is made possible without rejecting the person. This way we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood, but against what is trying to keep us apart and be divided. We let the peace rule and reign in our hearts.
There is unity in diversity. We do not always agree with those around us. But as we look beyond the obvious and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to us where they are coming from and where we are at, giving us wisdom and understanding to see things from His perspective, peace will dwell richly in our hearts that becomes our umpire.
We are all a work in progress. We grow from line upon line, precept upon precept, from grace to grace, from strength to strength, from faith to faith, from truth to truth, from glory to glory. The secret lies in the hearing and hearing the word of God, what the Holy Spirit is whispering in our hearts where our faith arises. It is in our meditation of His word day and night that renews our minds and allows us to tap into His thoughts and ways that are higher. It is in soaking ourselves in His presence is where His love is infused into our very beings until we smell like Him, radiate His light like Him, look like Him, talk like Him, act like Him and love like Him.
Apart from our intimacy and connectedness to the Vine, we as branches dry up where worries, insecurities and anxieties are on steroids. But if we remain in Him and His word remain in us, fruitfulness is birthed, our identity is secured and love is rooted and grounded. Our intimacy is the secret behind our effectivity and productivity.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You, for always showing us how much You love us. Thank You for always filling Your thoughts of us. “Every single moment You are thinking of us! “How precious and wonderful to consider that You cherish us constantly in Your every thought! O God, Your desires toward us are more than the grains of sand on every shore!” (Psalm 139:18 TPT) Thank You, Jesus, for Your great love that is beyond comprehension. What manner of love You showed us that You gave up Your life so that we may HAVE and ENJOY life in abundance, to the full, till it overflows. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for continually pouring Your love into our hearts that we may love those around us the very way You love us. Amen!