Are you in love with Jesus?
If we understand that God loves us sacrificially, unconditionally, and completely, isn't that how we should return that love? Jesus tells us that we are to love the Lord with all our hearts, souls and minds. In response to the abundant love of the Lord, we, too, should return that love sacrificially, unconditionally, and completely.
I have been challenged by the idea of loving God completely. When I read passages, such as Psalm 63: 1-5, I am inspired to love more - to deepen my relationship with God. The scripture reads:
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
I confess that I don't always feel that way in my relationship with God. Too many times the frenetic pace of this life takes over, and I am consumed by the little things that must be accomplished, rather than just resting in the presence of the Lord. In my mind and in my heart I know that I love Him, but am I truly spending time with Him? Do I "thirst" for Him? The answer is not always "yes."
When you think of being "in love," what does that bring to mind? The desire to be with the one you love? Unending phone conversations about nothing? Your thoughts constantly consumed with the object of your affection? Well, if we are in love with Jesus, should we not behave the same way? In his Confessions, Augustine wrote, "You called and cried out loud and shattered my deafness. You were resplendent, you put to flight my blindness. You were fragrant, and I drew my breath and now pant after you. I tasted you, and I feel but hunger and thirst for you. You touched me, and I am set on fire to attain the peace which is yours." You might think he was writing a Shakespearean sonnet, but this passage is written to God.
Jesus implores us to be either hot or cold, not lukewarm. May God ignite a fire that burns within that can not be snuffed out or slowly forgotten during the demands of the day. As with any worthwhile relationship, spend time today in deepening the love relationship you have with God. Rest in His presence, share your heart, and listen to His. Fall in love again with the Lover of your soul.
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