Happy Monday! Last Monday I posted about how God’s holy love makes us new. God’s holy love has the power to transform our hearts and lives. Surrender is the first step to our transformation. Today we are taking a closer look at how God’s holy love makes us complete.
We may not always like when tragedy or struggle enters our lives, but God is all-powerful and able to do so much more with our struggles than we ever could.
In God’s holy love we are made perfect.
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18
God’s holy love never punishes but disciplines us. God’s love isn’t meant to get back at us but for us to have the best life ever in Him. God knows our needs better than us–He encourages holiness. To get where God desires us, He requires our obedience and discipline. We may not always like what God desires for us, but that’s okay, we don’t have to. The fruit of self-discipline doesn’t come from us but from God Himself and reaps great rewards beyond measure. His discipline builds our strength and endurance allowing us to persevere for the greater plan God has for us. God knows how to refine and mold us to have the best life ever in Him.
When we hurt God hurts.
Sometimes in our sacrifices there will be suffering. There is no sacrifice we make that God doesn’t use to resurrect into something greater. Our surrendered burdens at the cross are an offering to God, which allow His holy love to overflow in our lives. At the cross isn’t punishment and condemnation, but forgiveness and love (Romans 8:1). When we hurt God hurts. When we go through heartache, God goes through heartache because that is His nature and being.
“In all their affliction he was afflicted,[a] and the angel of his presence saved them; in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.”
God’s holy love makes us complete.
God commands us to love. Love is the most important reason of our existence. God’s love makes us complete when we love others they way He loves us. God shows us through the first commandments of the Bible, just how important is His holy love.
“Which commandment is the first of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31
Not only are we called to love God, we are called to love others. His love isn’t meant to be kept hidden, but given to others no matter who they are because God loves everyone. When we pour out our love to others, we will always receive more than we what we give.
“If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.” (John 15:10)
God thought of everything. Living in God’s holy love, we are able to walk in His victorious plan, which no enemy can ever defeat. We are victorious in His love. In His love, we lack nothing. It all starts with opening our hands and allowing God to have it all so He can fill us with something greater—His love!