Anchoring on God’s Love
GOD’S LOVE? WHO NEEDS IT?
We all have our difficulties, I know. Many of us feel a ‘spiritual and emotional high’ when we are in church or some Christian gathering which soon dissipates when the reality of our everyday lives sets in. In this year, 2015 and beyond, I want us to always maintain our joy by remembering that we are totally, unconditionally loved by our God. Let this be an anchor for our souls as we proceed into 2015 : God is love and for this reason He sent Jesus Christ to die for you and me. If He could do this for us, then there’s nothing He cannot do if He desires.
This may seem trite or even boring to us as Christian women. We may have become so familiar with verses like John 3:16 and I John 1:14 that they don’t seem to matter so much anymore. We are just preoccupied with getting on with our lives. Some of us may even have secretly started to question God’s love. ‘If God is so loving why does He allow so much evil to happen in the world?’ Why is life sometimes so hard?’
I write this in the wake of the Air Asia crash and my heart goes to the families’ of the victims. I am sure it will be difficult for some of them to come to terms with such a great loss and accept that God loves them even now. I cannot boast of understanding all of God’s grand purposes but we should not allow circumstances and events to invalidate God’s word. The Bible is the greatest love story ever written. Ephesians 1:4(b) – 5(a)(NASV) , In love, He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ.
SPURNING OR DISREGARDING HIS LOVE?
The reality though for us women is that we spurn this love and look for love and acceptance in the wrong places. We often walk and work overtime trying to find love and acceptance in relationships outside of God. This kind of love is ‘eros’ or ‘phileo’. Its wonderful to be loved by others but it is only God that can give us that unconditional love and acceptance which is Agape. We are then free to love from an overflow of God’s love.
On the other hand we accept His love conditionally. ‘God I know you love Me and sent Jesus Christ to die for my sins’ That’s all I need, I can go through the rest of my life on my own.’ We see His love as a once and for all thing for salvation.
MISUNDERSTANDING GOD’S LOVE
At times, we misunderstand God’s love to be some honey coated, sentimental and mushy kind of love, that does our bidding and supplies all our whims. God becomes like a glorified ‘sugar – daddy’ to satisfy all our wants.
Far from it. God’s love chastises, disciplines, rebukes and corrects. These things may be painful when we are going through them but necessary for our growth and maturity.
God’s love is so pure and holy that He will not allow us to stay in sin for long. He is always pruning on and urging us to a deeper walk with Him.
THE RIGHT RESPONSE
The major challenge though is how to walk and work in the practicality of God’s love. It cannot be taught, but experienced as we consciously open our hearts to Him. It’s a question of our hearts and not our head. God’s love is there. We need to acknowledge it and express it. We need to deliberately calibrate ourselves to the frequency of His love. No one can teach or legislate this. We need to be receptive to His Spirit and His word.
Although God’s love is unconditional, we need to respond to it by loving Him back. This too is not some romantic sentimental thing. To whom much is given, much is expected. Loving God back is not just in verbally expressing it but in obeying him. I John 5:3(NLT) says loving God means keeping His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome. The latter is the real challenge..
My parting shots are found in the latter part of Ephesians 1:6(NKJV) : we are totally accepted in the Beloved. Let’s stay hooked on this anchor. The storms will definitely rage, the waves of trials and temptations will billow in 2015, but through them all we’ll be safe in the harbor of God’s love.