PRESENT IN HIS PRESENCE
“These things I command you, so that you will love one another.”
// John 15:17
The love that the Father gives is unlike any love that we have experienced in the world.
When we remain and abide in His love, we bear much fruit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. His love shows us how to love others the way that He loves us. When we stay connected to the vine (Jesus), never disconnecting from the source, we realize that God's love never stops; it never leaves us, never ends. We find that we are continually filled by His love and, in return, we become like an overflowing cup with a never-ending supply source, ready to pour out to any vessel.
When our hearts are connected to the love of God we naturally and without restraint want to pour out that love on others. The world tells us to withhold love because it may not be returned, but the love of God teaches us that true love is unbiased and unbridled – it is freely given without the recipient having done anything to deserve it.
We are each made in the image of God, and as we abide in Christ we get to see a new side to His face, His character, by getting to know other people. Not only that, we get to experience the living and always present God in our lives on a daily basis. As we continue to press into Him, we learn new aspects of His love. Through these moments, our hearts become soft, and through keeping our hearts open to His love, we are allowing ourselves to be transformed and our relationships to shift. If the love of God is allowed into every area of our lives we will begin to see and believe the truth that we are all worthy of unconditional love.
God's love is huge, greater than any love we could ever imagine and we will be exploring it for the rest of our lives. Let’s accept His love into our hearts – seeking after it and remaining connected to it – and then let’s give back that love out of the overflow of being present in His presence. By doing this we will build our relationship with God and, in turn, give others the same opportunity to experience His amazing, out-of-this-world love.
// Paula Lark