Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Love -- is there any excuse?

         And His command is this:  Love God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength and love your neighbour as yourself.  All three. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. ”  (1 John 4:7,8)
God‘s very essence and nature is love.  He loves because it is who He is.  He cannot deny Himself.  We were born of this Love because we have been born of God. It is our nature to love as He has loved us and gave Himself up for us. We are beings created to love, without condition, without agenda for self. We abide in Love and love abides in us through the Spirit God has poured into our hearts.
Is there any excuse for us not to love? Can you think of one?  When I meditate on the beauty and mystery of the gospel and what God did for me, saving me from His wrath, and transforming my life, I see the magnitude (though I have to say I barely even grasp this reality) of the power of the gospel and the love of God.  I just am beginning to get a glimpse of His love.  But I believe He has poured this love into my heart and has given me all I  need to love as I abide in Him.  

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