Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Life of Love

God is love...
In this union and communion with Him,
love attains perfection because
as He is, so are we in this world.
And this is the command from Him:
that he who loves God 
shall love his brother also.
1John 4:8,17,21
Loving God and loving man
are so intricately connected that God says 
you can't have one without the other.
We have all had those days when we said,
God, I love You.
It's people that really get me.
It is definitely easier to be holy alone.
But God wants us to be like Him,
and He loves people.
As He is, so are we in this world.
That messes with me.
If God IS love, 
my expression of Him must BE love.
In fact, He commands me to love like Him.
If you love Me, you must love your brother.
This great truth I know:
I cannot do that, not 24/7.
But, this great invitation:
Come and die that you might truly live.
The degree to which I allow His life
to be expressed through mine
is the degree to which I am like Him.

If any person wills to come after Me, 
let him give up himself and 
take up his cross daily and follow Me,
conforming wholly to My example.
Luke 9:23

We get so caught up in political agendas
and cultural mountain climbing;
we forget that we are the expression 
of His love in this world.
I desperately want to see 
His Kingdom come on earth.
Jesus taught me to pray for that.
But He commanded me to love.
And to die that I might follow Him
and conform to His example.
His grace points me to the cross.
I am so grateful that He made a way
for us to truly live a life of love.

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