I have a song in my head and in my heart lately…Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so. I have been overcome and overwhelmed by Jesus’ love for me and I am undone. It is difficult to even pen words that adequately describe the depth of emotion that I have experienced the last few days as I have been plunged into the ocean of God’s love for me. I am not naturally one who cries easily, but the touch of the Holy Spirit has caused me to feel like I am on the verge of tears every moment the last few days. This is an unusual feeling for me. I have been a believer in Christ for 30 years and have never fully grasped how much God loves me. It is disheartening to think about how many years I lived as a Christian without understanding the enormity of God’s love, but it is also exciting that I have the rest of my life to bask in His love, to receive more and more of it, and reflect it to other people. I’m sure I have only experienced the tip of the iceberg of the fullness of His great love, and that causes me to be utterly undone.
He has called us as believers to be a light, reflecting His love, but so many of us don’t even understand His love for us. I think, because of that fact, we have been a poor reflection of Jesus in our world. Unfortunately, many of us have even turned unbelievers off and caused them to not want to pursue the Jesus we portray, and who would blame them? Some of us haven’t done a very good job of reflecting the true nature of Jesus and His great love for people. We continue to live in our old natures, not dying to self, not understanding the fullness of God’s love for us, and ultimately not understanding our identity as sons and daughters of the Most High God. We so often focus on the things we should and shouldn’t “do” as Christians, and not as much on who we are. It’s not about what we do, it’s about who we are! When we realize who we are and how very much we are loved, we naturally desire to be obedient to the One who loves us and calls us His very own. When we get this, our lives will reflect the the true nature of Jesus.
1 John 4:16-18, “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.