Remember the petal game? He loves me, he loves me not. And you always hoped that the very last one would be the good one. It was a chance that it might not be. But the daisy God gives us is always and only love. If you miss it and make a mistake, He loves you. If you do something not so nice, intentionally, He loves you. He only has one answer and it is always, only Agape love. It doesn't ever change. It's like a wonderfully broken record. And this record you want to play over and over again. A record that brings healing and refreshment to the hungry listening ears.
On our own, we don't and can't love like this. And so we surmise that no one loves like this, not even God, and we may even think, especially NOT God! We think, if anything, He loves RULES! One day we will see, and one day we will know. But for now, we have His Word, and that's what we can trust.
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God... I John 3:1
What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. (Same verse in the Message Bible)
Sometimes I think about words and adjectives, verbs and nouns. When I think about them regarding His love, I feel like our language is so inadequate and lacking. How could you describe God's love? Or sometimes when I want to praise Him, I can't find the right words. I believe we are going to learn so many new words in heaven. But here on earth, He deserves so much more than we can give Him. But just like a good Father, He wants to give to us, and shower and pour out on us, even more than He wants to receive. I'm sure He loves to receive our worship. But real love can't help itself, but give.
It loves to give! Love has to give! Love is creative, because it is loving. I remember building a 2 story wooden dollhouse for my girl when she was 5yr. old. It was Christmas time. I would stay up late at night, when the kids went to sleep and work on it, glueing the pieces together so carefully. Then a few days later, I was painting it pink and white. I had more fun! Because I was anticipating the look on her face. I so wanted to please her and make her happy. You see love gives, doesn't hold back. Love is not stingy. The joy of loving someone makes you so creative, that you plan and devise ways of surprising someone, just because you want to see them smile and be happy. God is like this, but multiply it by a million. Only not really, it's more like infinity and beyond!! The Father sees each one of us. He is hoping that more will come and see Him as He really is. God is Love.
When you go leisurely hiking up in the Sierra mountains and discover the delicate and intricate wild flowers, this is one way to see how delicate and tender His love is for you. But just as it is delicate, it is also as strong as the wild, untamed blue ocean waves. His love is strong. and yet it is tender. He knows every tear, every hurt that we suffer with. His love sustains us, heals and protects, shielding us from evil.
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works. Ps 73:28.
Don't be afraid to let His love overtake you. For when it does, it will seep and soak through your heart, and humble you forever. You will see His greatness and majesty in His love for you. It will cause you to shine. The are others out there waiting for you. Waiting for that lovely face to shine and to show them that they matter to God. They are needing to hear the poem as well, 'He loves me, He loves me, He loves me...
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