We who profess to be Christians, have been infused with the Christ Spirit whose life is intricately intertwined in the tattered threads of our humanity, and He is the One who works in and through us to bring about His plans and purposes for our lives, not we ourselves.
I have discovered this faith life, is not so much about doing anything, it is all about being God’s Heart of love in the flux of life coming at me.
The Art of Surrendering.
This life becomes a daily act of surrendering on my part and a daily action on God’s part to lead, direct, and guide in the continual high call upon my life in intricately allowing His Spirit life to manifest His love wherever I walk and with whomever I meet.
Letting go becomes a necessary process in moving forward in my journey as a woman of Faith in this world. God’s ways are not my ways. Letting go so God’s love can saturate those places I am giving up in a consecrated devotion in desiring Him above anything else in this world.
God’s Redemptive Love
Paul prayed for the believers in Ephesus that they (along with all of us) would “be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height” and “to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:18-19).
I am not sure about you, but have you ever stopped to think about the multiple dimensions of God’s love—the breadth, length, depth, and height— that Paul mentions?
I can barely imagine such extraordinary, magnificent, gracious, glorious, expounding, expansive dimensions of this love, where I have only tasted a bit, barely scratching the surface of a love that is untainted by any human concept of love.
God’s love never gives up on me and He pursues me dearly all the days of my life. His love is faithful, loyal, and remains steadfast. His love requests no return. His love is freely gifted to me. His love cannot be forced onto anyone.
Those who come to Him do so in response to His love. Love shows kindness to all. Love went about doing good to everyone without partiality. Love did not covet what others had, living a humble life without complaining. Love did not brag about who He was in the flesh, although He could have overpowered anyone He ever came in contact with.
Love does not demand obedience. God did not demand obedience from His Son, but rather, Jesus willingly obeyed His Father in heaven. “The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me” (John 14:31). Love was/is always looking out for the interests of others.
This love has a name, Jesus Christ, Father God, Holy Spirit, who dwell in a perfect union known in the fellowship of their love and when I abide, dwelling in this secret place, I become their expression of love upon this earth..
When I am deeply touched in their love, I desire to fellowship in this Triune Godhead, receiving love into my heart each day. It is in this known intimacy in having this near relationship with a living God where I become His love.
My God hears, always responding lovingly, desiring communion with us, calling us to Himself each moment. God, whose timing is perfect and whose actions always stem from a purely motivated foundation of His true love for all mankind.
God’s Love dwells in me
Wherever I travel today, His love dwells in the core of my inner being.
God gave His love to me and offers His love to anyone who will receive it. In the gospel of it is written; “For God so loved the world.” John 3:16. In John 16:27 we read, “For the Father Himself loves you.” The apostle John, again, speaks of God’s love in 1 John 3:1 when he says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us.”
These verses are simply a sampling of the many times this truth is expressed in the Scriptures. God is love, and He expresses His love in many ways.
We All Struggle At Times
In those times of uncertainty, unknowing, wondering, it is His love I return in finding Him again, seeking His grace to help in sustaining me through any difficulties. I myself have weathered sudden and unexpected chronic health issues, unrelenting emotional/physical pain, death of loved my son, estranged family members, etc.
Perhaps you too are struggling with some sort of unrelenting issues in your life. We all do at times and we all need someone to help us get through these times. We were never meant to be on our own in this faith life. God has gifted us with a community of saints all over the world.
It was in my search for His guidance to lighten my burdens in the dark times I found myself wondering, around, in and through, and I discovered His love was the only way to be in this world, regardless of any life altering events that came my way.
It was in those times of not having answers, I realized, I have no power of my own to carry the divine nature of the Christ in me, and I needed to surrender on a deeper level, allowing His Spirit room to move in the edges and in the corners of all the hidden regions of my heart.
In this process of letting go, in giving up of my ways, it was God’s love who continued to wash me, refreshing me by His Spirit of regeneration, and it was His love who continually changes my inner thoughts and attitudes to be more loving in my response with myself and with others.
Through all of the situations and circumstances in my life, it has been God who drew me nearer to His bosom of love, so that I could become God’s Heart, manifesting His genuine, sincere, authentic love towards others.
Manna From God
Each falling in my own strength, ushered me into the new land graced with honey combs, where I become strengthened in the daily manna from God’s hand, and all I had to do was to come to Him, again and again and again, as an open receptacle thirsting and hungering to receive His presence of love.
“Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.” Proverbs 26:24
Yes, pleasant words, God’s words, scriptures are as honey – health for body and good for my soul. It’s especially healthy for my mind, body and soul and when combined with Holy Spirit living, He holds me together within His frame of Holiness, knitting my flesh, bones and blood in the shed blood of the cross, interconnecting me in the sufferings of Christ.
Holy Spirit Power
In those times of my human failings, He stepped in, lifting me by the resurrection power of His Holy Spirit, where I became His adopted daughter, desiring only Him, longing to be with Him each day, pining to be filled with His sweet love and goodness towards me.
In this way I become the fragrance of His character walking this earthly pilgrimage one step at a time, in and by His abundant mercy and grace.
When I am in the dark, spiritually blind to the secret things of God, it is He who unveils His ways, His love, revealing spiritual insights that are birthed from those dark times when I became blind to His activity in my life, either through wrong decisions, or from life events.
I find myself bowing before Him in humility asking for His forgiveness in my errors in not being His love.
Stepping out in faith often requires me to fall flat on my face in the realization, on my own, I am unable, but in Him, I am more than able to accomplish the purposes and intentions He has on my life, and the greatest ones are in being His breath of love touching the hearts of the men, woman and children I meet in my journey.
I do this one step at a time, one moment at a time, one hour at a time, one day at a time, one month at a time, one year at a time….
A New Day is Here
Today is a new day, to begin again. To begin again on the road that revives life in my soul and brings life to all those I touch, as I come into His presence with humbleness, asking forgiveness when I react from my flesh rather than responding through His love.
I am ever thankful for His tender gentle care towards me, as I ask again, for my God to pour into my dry days, His rain of love, filling my empty cup by His streams of living waters, giving me His compassion for this day.
As I walk this road with others, one step at a time, in and by His ability, I am mindful, He has gifted me with sisters who join with me in this journey, to encourage, to support, to edify, to prayerful lift one another up, for in God we are never alone, and in the fellowship of one anthers’ company, we will never be alone!
The New Way is Love
In scriptures, the book of James tells us to not be surprised when troubles come our way, for we will have many in this world, but Jesus Christ and His love is the way in and through the hard times and Jesus Christ and His love is the way in and through all the good times.
It is in the dark times He draws me ever nearer to Him, as I draw ever nearer to His love, and I am drawn ever nearer to the community of the saints.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to me.” James 4:8
I have learned this faith life is all of us gathering together, walking hand in hand, helping, assisting, being His love Heart, lighting the way for one other, where our love becomes the healing balm, uniting in the fellowship of the Triune Godhead and in the intimacy found in becoming vulnerable with one another in our relationships, where truth, honor and integrity become moral codes.
God as my Source
When I learn the art of dwelling in Him, coming to Him in each moment, drinking from the living waters in the well of life that will never go dry, I am learning the art of abiding, of resting, of being in His Spirit, who becomes the very breath in my lungs, granting me His new life each day generously filling me in His rich unlimited love.
His love becomes my source for enduring in the difficulties found in being human, in being born in the flesh having an earthly vessel, where I become weary at times, where I feel alone at times, where I see the tragedies all around me, and where I come face to face with the overwhelming suffering of people, often beyond what any human being seems capable of bearing.
Then I discover again, His supernatural ability enters into my humanness helping me to persevere in adversity, in the many life challenges, in the often unexpected arrival of life altering events, and in having weathered these times of intense unrelenting suffering.
God’s Agents offering Compassionate Caring
In and through my own pained sorrows, I have learned to carry the compassionate caring of my Lord, with all those I come face to face with who are daily suffering, and I become His active agent in pouring into their souls, an offering of His mercy and grace.
In becoming His holy breath of love in those who have lost hope, in those who are downtrodden, in those who are poor, in those who are ill, in those who know not my God, I can help to inspire a renewed hope simply through those acts of kindness in being sensitive in meeting others right where they are at, not forcing them to be where I am.
When we realize, we can be powerful influencers in our own sphere of the world, helping to ignite passions in others in desiring to seek out this God who is love, in developing spiritual patterns in a new way of being, and showing there is a way we can bridge all that comes to separate us in this world, in learning to relate with others, according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.
In this way we are instilling value and worth into the lives of those we touch, becoming God’s human agents, infusing His love into the souls of those we encounter and our lives become a balm of healing in the midst of the struggles of those we come face-to-face with in this world.
I have a few questions I would like us to reflect on. If you wish to share your answers with us in the ‘Penny for your thoughts’ section at the end of this post, please do so, as we can all learn from one another.
- Where is my motivations when with others?
- What is my life purpose on this earth?
- What gives me meaning and value in my life?
- How can I show sincere love for others?
- How can I become more balanced as a person?
- How can I find God as my source to help me in my life’s struggles?