Love – The Deciding Factor

Becoming Friends with God

    People, places and things are part of the human element in life.  Too often in seeking God’s will, we are asking where, who, and what when we ought to be asking HOW.  This is the will of God even your sanctification (1 Thess. 4:3).  God desires to have His will in our lives by working purity in our hearts, and He can achieve this under ANY outward circumstance.  The outward influences are incidental.  The deciding factor is the inward desire.

We often ask:  Does God want me here or there?  Does He want me to relate to this person or that person?  But He is standing alongside saying softly and simply, “GIVE ME YOUR HEART.”  That is all…but that is EVERYTHING.  We can do it under any circumstance.  His primary and supreme command is to LOVE HIM WITH ALL OUR HEART AND STRENGTH AND MIND AND SOUL. Without this total love in our hearts for Him, we could go to the ends of the earth to preach the Gospel and give our bodies to be burned, accomplishing only to waste our time and His.  Conversely, if we really had this love fully operating in our hearts, we could sit still anywhere and bless the whole world.  God is in no way limited.  WE are the limiting factor.

Freed to flow, His love is as broad as the ocean and deep as the deepest sea.  He wants not only to give it to us but to teach us how to give it to everyone else.  Everyone?  Yes, everyone!  Does He not tell us He makes His sun to shine on the just and the unjust?  Did Jesus not teach and heal and feed the thousands?  Shall we presume to discriminate as to whom we will permit God to bless?  This was the point at which the religious leaders turned in blinding rage against the Apostle Paul…when he made his announcement that he was going to take God’s love to the despised Gentiles (Acts 22:21, 22).  Organized Christianity still picks and chooses, but God is looking for heralds with hearts ablaze with His fathomless, beautiful, unrestrained LOVE.   Taken from Total Love by Frances Roberts

Our Loving Heavenly Father, we come to you knowing full well our own frailties, but trusting in Your grace and mercy, pleading the shed blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins, and resting in the finished work of redemption. For it is not by our own righteousness that we are saved, but by Your divine grace. We find our peace in the cross and our strength and victory by learning to dwell in the secret place while abiding under the shadow of the Almighty. Bless abundantly all those who look to You for comfort and help. Let every hungry soul be nourished by Your love; let the suffering feel Your healing touch; and pour out your Spirit upon Your people everywhere that they may be revived and refreshed, cleansed and purified and made ready for our Lord’s return. In Jesus’ Name, we pray, Amen.

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