Wednesday, March 2, 2011

How He Loves

At the beginning of this year I felt this strong urge that the Lord was going to teach me allll about love this year. How to love people well. What it looks like to show someone the love of Christ simply in how I interact with them, how to love my sweet husband better, how to be a loving daughter, a loving wife, and to begin to learn what it looks like to be a loving mother even though we don’t have children. For the past few weeks now, I’ve been reading Max Lucado’s book “Come Thirsty”…its great if you haven’t read it. This morning I read the chapter ‘Going Deep’- I’m nearing the end, and it is so funny to open this morning and read about love. God’s love. Not my love or how I love but how He loves me, the ultimate love that ever existed….that extravagant love. So this morning, I quote Max Lucado- he puts it better than I could…

“…For desiring a descent into such love, scripture offers an anchor. Grab hold of this verse and let it lower you down. “God is Love” –1 John 4:16

One word into the passage reaveals the supreme surprise of God’s love- it has nothing to do with you. Others love you because of you, because your dimples dip when you smile or your rehtoric charms when you flirt. Some people love you because of you. Not God. He loves you because he is he. He loves you because he decides to. Self generated, uncaused, and spontaneous, his constant-level love depends on his choice to give it.

“The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other people, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you.” Deut.7:7-8

You don’t influence God’s love. You can’t impact the treeness of a tree, the skyness of a sky, or the rockness of a rock. Nor can you affect the love of God….if your actions altered his devotion then God’s love would not be love; indeed he would be human, for this is human love.

Don’t you need a fountain of love that won’t run dry? You will find one on a stone-cropped hill outside Jerusalem’s walls where Jesus hangs, cross-nailed and thorn crowned. When you feel unloved, ascend to this mount.”

-Max Lucado

well if that’s not humbling I’m not sure what is! Lowly me can’t change how deep the Father’s love for me is…nothing I can do will affect that- and nothing I did brought it on.

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