Our upbringings at times can train us to believe in certain ways. When I was a child, if I displayed a certain behavior, it would in turn bring a certain reaction from my mom. So this can lead me to believe that God would be the same. In order to understand true unconditional love, is for those who have grown up with it. This is the love from heaven, and it is the love from God that He showed in sending His Son to the earth for our sakes. We need to be retrained in our thinking. This can happen by God's Word. It is called 'Renewing the mind.' It means a renovation. We do this with our houses. We get tired of the old and want to change things around, to bring in the new. We open up the kitchen and tear down a few walls, maybe a bigger bathroom or add some French doors. Our minds need new thinking, when we come to believe in Jesus. We choose to slowly start giving up our old way of thinking, in exchange for God's way of thinking. Instead of spite or anger, we yield over to to goodness and forgiveness, with the help of His Spirit and His Word washing over our old thoughts. But one thing that is always constant is this:
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
Song of Solomon 2:4
I'm thinking about great armies and kingdoms with glorious banners and majestic flags flying and waving proudly high. They are always proudly shown. For the army in opposition, it is to bring intimidation and fear, to inform them of who this army proudly serves. For the army that is flying the banners, it is to instill in their soldiers pride over whose they belong to, to inspire them of their very own loyalty and commitment, to cause them to fight to the finish. When we see the old movies of the King Arthur days and the massive stone castles, we have seen colorful flags waving high over the castle with the same reasoning and warnings.
For us as the body of Christ, His church, His bride, it is the same. Only this banner waves on continually and is never brought down. It could have been called a different banner, for our God has many fine and mighty attributes, but He called it the banner of LOVE. Ever present, ever burning, passionate Godly love. It is not contingent on how you act, or when you make mistakes, fumble or even rebel. His LOVE is strong and it forever. You can't change it even if you want to. Because it's His love and His decision. It's who He is. GOD is LOVE. We can choose to love people or not, whenever we want to, because we have a free will. But those who have surrendered themselves completely over to Jesus, they are His bride. For they have given Him even their choices, willingly. They walk a holy life, because they adore Him. They love as He loves. They are one with Him, and believe Him that He caused union to happen. The highest honor we can give Him is to believe what He did for us. Even those who refuse to believe, He never stops loving, for this is His choice. When you as a believer wake up on the wrong side of the bed, and don't feel yourself, He loves you. When you cut in front of that angry driver to spite his behavior on the road, the Lord still loves you. If you cheat on your taxes, of course He is not pleased, and you both know it's wrong, but He still loves you. How humbling to know that someone loves you even at your worst. (Rom. 5:8-10)
It's an eternal golden flame that burns on and on, and needs no oil to be replenished, for He is eternal, and so is His supernatural power and love. All this makes us want to be holy for Him, makes us want to love Him back, and share His goodness with others. Knowing it pleases Him warms our own heart, for He loved us first. His love is calling us to this banqueting table that He has set for us. Come and eat...