“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, either have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for them that love him” (I-Corinthians 2:9). God has chosen to express His love for humanity in many charitable ways, time and time again, although we are less-than deserving. What is it going to take to open our eyes and ears to imagine the things God has prepared for them that love Him? Love Him, sounds too good to be true! But it is. One of the best definitions of love I have heard is; “Love is wanting everything you want for yourself for someone else.” To unselfishly want for someone else everything I want for me, that definition put love in perspective the first time I heard it and it continues to make sense today.
I believe the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary was God’s greatest physical demonstration of wanting the same things for us that He wants for Himself. God wants us to be righteous and holy because He is holy, and humanity had reached a point where righteousness could not be achieved through temple sacrifice. God had to impart righteousness upon His people, consequently requiring the most holy of sacrifices, His only Begotten Son. Jesus’ death was the greatest demonstration of God’s love for and to the entirety of creation.
Many adults will deny it but most of us, the reasonably balanced, want to be loved. Is it unreasonable to believe God want to be loved also? I don’t think so. The word love is the most commonly used emotional expression in the Bible, bar none, and for good reason. God is love, and love is the Spirit of God living in the Christian heart, you cannot have one without the other, they are inseparable. God’s love is present always on a one-way street, two-way street or in the cul-de-sac of a dead-end street.
There’s an old rhythm and blues song that says “I found love on a two-way street,” this should put our relationships with God and Jesus in sharp focus. A two-way street suggests that love moves in both directions, to and fro, up and down, back and forth. If you love God deeply and passionately you have a good understanding that love is flowing from God-to-you and from you-to-God. This love traffic should not meet red lights, road blocks, detours or even potholes en route to its destination. It must be a steady flow continuously going and coming, coming and going from us-to-God and from God-to-us.
“Everything works for the good of those who love the Lord with all their heart.” God is true to His word and it is impossible for him to lie. However, should the flow of love become impeded in its flow from Him to us or from us to Him we would have a serious problem. You can’t escape the presence of God; He is on every street, street corner, in the middle of the street and the alley way. God makes His love available to us wherever we may be; the trick is getting us to make our love available to Him. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
God did not simply say that He loved the world, He dramatically demonstrated it. Every day of our lives we have an opportunity to demonstrate our love for Him, and we can do it without offering our first-born as a living sacrifice. “Obedience is better than sacrifice,” if we truly love God we will love and obey Him because He first loved us and Jesus’ death proved it. Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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