Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | August 22, 2018

Caught Up In A Higher Love

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.” John 15:9 (ESV)

I’ve done a lot of things in my lifetime for the sake of “hopeful” love. Watched endless hours of sports. Baked special treats. Helped with projects. Sacrificed time with other friends. Were all my actions the best choice? Sometimes they were and sometimes they were not. Some served me well and others led to regret. “Hopeful” love is exactly what it implies – the hope of – but not the guarantee of love.

Want the real thing – then lean into God’s amazing love. It’s never hopeful wishing – it is real. We don’t have to impress Him with our culinary skills. We don’t have to serve Him in order to receive His love. We don’t have to be perfect, beautiful or rich to benefit from His love. God’s love has been demonstrated to us regardless of our desire to believe. He is fully aware of all our quirks, annoyances and tendencies. He knows our fleeting emotions and superficial love, yet God still gave His Son for us. The Psalmist gets it so right – how deep and wide is His love it reaches to the heavens – higher than we can even see.

Wonder how many things we have done because of God’s great love for us? Note to self: Janet, don’t dismiss this question with a quick answer – let it settle deep. We love many things. We love lots of chocolate, pretty shoes, sunny beaches, purses, spa days, etc. So many things in this world distract our understanding of real love. We get so caught up in our own world and often lose sight of God’s great love for us.

Shouldn’t His love propel us to deeply love Him? Wouldn’t the very thought of His sacrifice compel us to relinquish pretense and demonstrate our love for Him?

Want to get swept away by a higher love? Then cherish God’s words – He loved the Son – the Son has loved us – don’t miss a chance to draw near, linger long and be captivated by God’s amazing love.

“Father, You have loved us even when we were unloveable. Your invitation still stands – Come abide with Me.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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