May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:5
Sometimes I hear that there is too great a focus on God’s love in the Church and not enough focus on His justice.
Personally, I believe there has to be a solid balance of both.
In my experience personally and as a counsellor, I that have learned that most people are desperate for God’s love.
Many people I meet have never known steadfast love in their family lives. In fact, they have known anything but steadfast love.
Many have grown up under alcoholism, abuse, or anger and abandonment; is it any wonder people need to learn about the love of God?
I grew up in a stable home by the grace of God, yet I am also needy for God’s love. Why? Because life gives you some hard knocks along the way. People who are supposed to love you fail. They aren’t perfect in their love, and neither am I.
Daily, we rub up against people who can be abrasive or rude.
So in the end, we are all very needful of God’s love.
Thankfully, God is gracious to shower us with His love. That is why the Bible Verse listed above is so worthy of mediating on.
It is my prayer that God might direct your heart and mine to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
Our LORD will never let us down. His love is steadfast in Christ. He wants our hearts to be directed towards His love.
For me I am drawn to a loving God. I know God also disciplines in justice and I love Him for that as well. We reap what we sow.
Fear might motivate some individuals, but for me, God’s love compels me to share His love, to teach others about His love!
What about you?
Let us hold fast to God’s love in this life and the next.
For His love is steadfast, perfect and everlasting.
As you meet a brother or sister on the road of life along the way, you never know how much they need the love of Christ.
Perhaps say something nice, or be kind, and be an instrument of God’s love and kindness?
Our world is desperate for it, and that includes all of us.
We had a foretaste of that in St. Lucia. The people there were so gracious. They looked out for your needs. The Resort paid them, but you can always tell if it is sincere or put on.
And I feel like I can read people fairly accurately. This came naturally to them.
When we came home, we shared that kind of gracious kindness with anyone we met. People respond well to kindness and acts of love that are sincere.
So my challenge for today is that all of us reach out from our comfort zones in acts of love and kindness.
Try it and see what sharing God’s love can do for others.
I will do the same.
With Christian Love,