GRAHAM COOKE: Pgs. 2-6
GOD’S LANGUAGE IS LOVE
God adores us because He wants our adoration. God loves
us because He wants our love. God speaks to us by His love.
This is the language we need to hear from the Lord so that we
can speak it back to Him. It’s a glorious cycle—God takes the
initiative by loving us, and we return that love to Him. God can
say nothing without using this language of love.
What is true in the natural is also true by the Spirit. Isaiah
described this beautifully in 55:9-11 (NASB):
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And
do not return there without watering the earth
“LIFE IS TO BE FORTIFIED BY
MANY FRIENDSHIPS. TO LOVE AND
TO BE LOVED IS THE GREATEST
HAPPINESS OF EXISTENCE.”
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
God’s promise is as inevitable as rain falling, His words
water our lives making us fruitful and productive. We return
this blessing through our words of praise and thanksgiving, our
testimony and witness to His Nature and also by our actions
that may bring glory to the Lord.
James put it a different way, but it is still the same theme:
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there
is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His
will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that
we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.
(James 1:17-18 NASB)
Everything that is good and right comes from a Father who
never changes. It is His consistency and faithfulness that is the
bedrock of our ability to receive. It simply does not depend upon
us! He is the origin, the cause, the motive and the source of
every gift. It will always be this way. He is the Beginning and the
Ending for all of us, for all time. His passion is to make each of
us a joyful carrier of His word through His promises so that we
may enjoy the certainty of our receiving His gifts and goodness.
Think of it: we are the first fruits of His huge desire to have
a people represent His Excellence. Our role in the Earth is to
proclaim the fact of God’s outstanding goodness by living the
life of promise that He has set aside for us. All God’s promises
are yes! And amen! in Christ Jesus. Paul put it this way in his
letter to the church in Rome:
…who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to
Him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him
are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
(Romans 11:35-36 NASB)
It is not possible for us to initiate anything with God. Paul
asks who has ever given to God first. God initiates, we respond
by receiving and then we give back to God the very thing He
gave us in the first place. From, through and to Him are all
things. Everything He wants from us He gives to us.
This is amazing, wonderful, outrageous and mind-boggling
stuff! This means that when the Holy Spirit convicts me
of something, He is also relaying the Father’s willingness to
supply what I lack. Therefore:
✦✦ CONVICTION REGARDING OUR INABILITY TO PRAY ALSO
RELEASED THE PROMISE THAT HE WILL HELP US.
✦✦ STRUGGLING WITH UNCLEAN THOUGHTS? CONVICTION ALSO
BRINGS WITH IT THE PROMISE OF PURIT Y.
✦✦ PROBLEMS WITH DOUBT, UNBELIEF? WITH CONVICTION THE
LORD SEEKS TO INITIATE FAITH.
Get the message? The promise releases the gift. Conviction
seeks to re-establish the divine order.
The Holy Spirit points out our need and the provision at the same time. Conviction
restores us to being open to the goodness of God. From Him,
through Him and to Him are all things…marvelous.
Each of us must see ourselves in that cycle in the manner
that the Father has declared. To live as part of His cycle of
life we must understand that all of His language to us is full
of promise to us. He delights to speak to us and is blessed by
The tragedy of modern Christianity is that much of it is
performance-oriented. We think we have to do something to
get something from God. “God can’t possibly like me because
I’m not doing anything,”
we say. “God can’t love me,
I don’t pray enough. I don’t
give enough. I don’t worship
enough. I don’t read
enough.” But how much
is actually enough? We
shouldn’t be constantly quantifying “enough,” but we should
be serving God because He loves us. Present-day Christians are
quick to fall into the same trap Martha did in Luke 10, thinking
that we have to prove ourselves worthy of a relationship
with Jesus. Being Mary, and basking in Jesus’ love, is a severe
challenge for us.
The language of love is something we must all learn. We
have to understand how God sees us, so that we can see Him
more clearly. God loves us and, because He loves us, we want
to talk to Him. Everything we can give to God comes from
“LOVE IS BUT THE DISCOVERY OF
OURSELVES IN OTHERS, AND THE
DELIGHT IN THE RECOGNITION.”
Him in the first place. It begins and ends with God, because
intimacy is a cycle.
In the natural world, we see many examples of this type
of cycle. Water falls from the sky, and returns to the heavens
by the process of evaporation. The moon does not generate its
own light, but reflects the light of the sun in the night sky. The
image in a mirror is nothing more than a reflection of the actual
object. Likewise, our love for God is a reflection of His love for
us. Love begins and ends with God.
We cannot love God on our own initiative, but we can give
back that which He has bestowed on us. When the Father of
Lights gives us a gift that touches our heart, it does something
inside of us. We end up returning to God the very thing He has
given us. To love God, we must be loved by God. It’s a wonderful
thing to go through our entire lives being loved by God. We
are condemned to be loved by Him forever. We can’t escape it.
We have no alternative but to put up with it: this is who God is.
Parents know an example of this principle: when our children
were growing up, and our birthday was approaching, most
of us gave them money to buy us a present. How do we know
how to do this? It is in our DNA. God is the same way; His love
is the currency He gives us so that we can love Him more fully.
He gives to us the very thing He wants from us!