My life is but a weaving between the Lord and me!

The Language of Promise

GRAHAM COOKE

IN YOUR BEGINNING (pg.1,2)

Love is a topic that has been explored, pondered, consid­ered, and written about for as long as humans have been around. It has been looked at from almost every angle, and is an expe­riential common ground for humanity: everyone understands the feeling of love. Many, however, have a distorted view of the power of love. They have tried to capture it without seek­ing out its origin, God.

The Apostle John understood well where love originated. “We love because He first loved us,” he wrote in 1 John 4:19. Before we were saved, most of us were going through life completely oblivious to who God really is. One day, suddenly and miracu­lously, God invaded our world; taking the initiative and reach­ing out to us in love. We responded by returning that love to Him, and found ourselves walking in salvation.

The way that we begin life in God is the same way that life continues with Him. God took the initial step: He loved us first. He came looking for us, spoke to us, sent those weird people to share the gospel with us. We looked at those strange people that were sent into our lives and thought, “Wow, they seem a bit out of step with the real world.” But there was something that drew us: God Himself.

Our relationship with God is sustained by the same force of love by which it was birthed. God doesn’t stop taking the ini­tiative the moment we are saved. He is continually our Lover,

and we are continually His beloved. Our job is to be loved by God: only God can love God. He comes into our lives and fills them with hope, faith, and love. That pure love does something inside of us which we give back to Him.

and we are continually His beloved. Our job is to be loved by God: only God can love God. He comes into our lives and fills them with hope, faith, and love. That pure love does something inside of us which we give back to Him.

“LIFE IS TO BE FORTIFIED BY MANY FRIENDSHIPS. TO LOVE AND TO BE LOVED IS THE GREATEST HAPPINESS OF EXISTENCE.”

SYDNEY SMITH

 

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