Monday, 12 March 2018 05:46

Are You Fully Enjoying God's Love?

Written by  Steve Walters, The Church at Pike Road
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I wonder if I’ve treated God’s love as paramount to my relationships with God and others, but failed to fully enjoy it?  A brief glance at a piece of beautiful art, a rushed taste of world-class cuisine, or a muffled hearing of a great piece of music may point to the value of those things, but not necessarily the enjoyment of them.   But, when fully taken in, appreciated, and allowed to affect our imaginations, affections, and attitudes we participate in the creator’s intentions.

 

I took some Spanish in college, but I really didn’t know it would open up and shape new relationships and experiences that would change my life.  I valued the concept of communicating in a new language, but enjoying it would depend on what I would do with it.  I had to learn it, communicate with it, serve with it, work with it, and above all, enjoy it.  I found that it was a doorway to another culture and a world of new relationships.  Love is similar to language in this way.  When God’s love shapes my relationships through intentional choice, I’ll enjoy it the most.   

 

Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34).  Love is a force for good, but it’s also a motive behind much that isn’t good.  It’s important that we choose our first love carefully.  When our first love is self or some other idol, the outcome for ourselves and for those around us will likely be negative.  When the object and example of our love is Jesus, we have tapped into the source of constant and ultimate good. 

 

When I’m tempted to give little more than a cursory nod at God’s love, I want to consider the cross and the breadth and depth of the love that drove Him there for us.  Let’s fully enjoy the course on “love-ology” that Jesus wants to show us!

 

“Let all that you do be done in love.”

 (1 Corinthians 16:14)

 

 

Steve Walters is the pastor of The Church at Pike Road, 11123 Chantilly Parkway Court, Suites E & F, in Pike Road.

 

 

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