Posts Tagged ‘love’

The most radical thing in all of creation is LOVE.
And the most radical expression of Love
is true FORGIVENESS, from the heart.

May your New Year be a year filled
with radical expressions of love.

“Blessed are the merciful…”


God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like Him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:16-18)

God is Love.  And the same tender, loving One who bled and died for us on the cross will open the seals mentioned in the Book of Revelation, releasing judgments on the Earth.  The same One who is Lover is also Judge.  And as we “live in love”, fear will truly leave.  But “living in love” does not merely mean that we have experienced His love, but that we have allowed it to change us and make us like Him.  And as we become more and more like Him, we will not be frightened by anything — even His judgments.

Here’s a short vid I made about true intimacy…

“Ah!  I hear Him!  My Beloved!  Look!  Here He comes, leaping across the mountains, bounding over the hills.  My Lover is like a gazelle or a young stag.  Look!  There He stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice. My lover spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with Me.” (Song of Songs 2:8-10)

Sometimes the reason our lives are so wearisome or sad or anxiety-ridden is that we have not heeded the call to go off with Him alone for a day or two and reconnect with the only One who truly loves us — and the only One who is able to truly refresh and encourage and heal us…

“One that loved not wisely but too well.” (William Shakespeare)

The test and defining reality of true Love and true Wisdom is Eternity.  It is good to comfort people with God’s comfort. But when we see someone struggling in sin and only give their life a hug and never dare to share the Truth, then we are actually enabling them in their bondage.  I call this “unsanctified mercy.”

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” (Proverbs 27:6)

“And you shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

I am not saying that we should aggressively confront people or start out a conversation with the issue of sin.  The apostle Paul said that he wanted to be “all things to all men, that some might be saved.”  It is so important to meet people where they are, and to come along side them in their struggle.  But that is never enough.  At some point, we need to be God’s vessel for helping them move from where they are, past their sin, into the life and freedom God is calling them to.

“Instead, speaking the Truth in Love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)

The cool thing about TODAY is that we don’t have to be clever
or make anything happen in order for our lives
to significantly impact the world around us.
All we have to do is listen to the Holy Spirit and be available. 

We were CREATED for personal intimacy. 
When we don’t experience and know and enjoy Jesus as a real person,
we will always look for human substitutes,
either in a boyfriend or girlfriend or mate or a community.
And these substitutes can quickly become idols.
That’s why we need to seek after His heart every day.