And THIS is love…….

When our hearts are aching….and we feel His presence is distant…..not to mention His Love…..the last thing we need to hear is, “You must have more passion for God!” or, “You have to love God more!”  Most times, we have already tried our best to love God  more only to feel that we have failed miserably as we try to claw our way out of a slippery-sloped pit. 

“So….” you ask, “what is the answer?”  It is simply this……STOP SPINNING YOUR WHEELS TRYING…..and just let HIM love you instead!!!  (And don’t think that I am not saying this to myself as well!) This is one of the hardest things for mankind in general to do.  CEASE our own efforts and just be still.  To draw near to God, and cease trying, cease talking, cease making excuses, cease trying to earn our way to HIM, cease blaming Him even. 

The Bible defines love in this way; “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (merciful payment on our behalf that appeases the wrath of God against sin) for our sins.”  (I John 4:10)  But the real emphasis here is that He loved us BEFORE we ever thought to love Him.  And loved us enough to make the extreme sacrifice of giving Himself as payment for our sins, because He was not willing to live without us!  Again, the Bible says that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  (Romans 5:8)  That’s how much He loves us!  Such love!!!

SERIOUSLY……God loves you with all that He is and with all that He has!  This statement will evoke in you one of two responses:    1.  You KNOW it to be true, because He has revealed His love to you in many ways……and you’re thankful for the reminder.  2. You feel angry, frustrated, hopeless, not very loved.

If what has been evoked in your heart, mind & emotions is the second statement: you feel angry, frustrated, without hope and not very loved…..then please let me speak over you from His Heart of Hearts.  God has seen you trying your best to love Him!  And because He loves you, He wants you to sit down and be still, and LET HIM LOVE YOU INSTEAD!  He wants to love you with all that He is and all that He has.  You don’t have to do a thing, but LET HIM.  Ask Him to run to you, and then just be still in His presence, and allow His love to cover you like a warm blanket on a cold day.  Allow His love to trickle down over you, and into the deepest places of disappointment and pain.  Into the places of your heart where you have lived in a love deficit, making you want to give up.  His love for you is unconditional regardless of who you are or what you have done, because His Love is not dependent on YOU, but on HIM…..and He will NEVER stop loving you!  

Don’t worry about loving Him!  The more of His love you receive, the more you will fall in love with Him!  Go now…..find some place quiet, away from all the chaos, away from all the distractions, away from other things that are fighting  for your attention, and call out the name of JESUS!!!  Tell Him that you need His love to wash over you, and then just wait on Him to come (yes, this means doing nothing but patiently waiting and doing nothing except calling on Jesus….out loud or in your heart), and listen while His Heart of love rises up within you.  Let His Love overwhelm you… will change you…..and I promise you, you will run back for MORE!!!

Isaiah 49:15,16 – “Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, YET I will not forget you.  See, I have inscribed you on the palm of My Hands; your walls are continually before Me.