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A Thought for the Day--Receiving the Love of God for God
September 17, 2008
For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NKJ)
God is love. God loves what is good. He loves who He is and what He does. He loves to do what He does. His Presence changes the atmosphere. He loves to impart His love into people so they love what He loves. He loves to see people loving to do His will. He loves to see people living in a place where His love and will is received and done. Heaven is such a place. God's love reigns in heaven. The beings in heaven love the will and Being of God. The atmosphere of heaven is filled with songs of admiration and worship for our lovely God, by those who love to live in His love-filled place and love to do and see His will done.
God's creation is good. Man was created good. God gave man the ability to receive His life and Presence into himself and thereby be made better. The continual infusion of God's life into man would enable man to love what God loves and to want to see God's love fill all of His creation. The continual infusion of the love and righteousness of God into man can give man a love of others such that he wants them to know God's love and to have them live in God's will. Men can then want others to receive God's love so they too can love to do the will of God and want others to live in an environment where God's will is supreme.
Because of sin, man is unable to be united with the love and will of God. Men now seek to live for their own desires; the needs and desires of others become secondary. Men create an atmosphere where self is supreme, and the love and will of God become secondary or even non-existent. Earth and heaven are at odds.
Jesus came and restored to humanity the love of God, and the love of God's will. Now He reigns, able to impart His love for God into us, so we can love and do God's will. The continual flow of the Holy Spirit can come from Him into us so we can live in the constant infusion of God's life into us, and through us into others. God is restoring us and His world to His original design and purposes. He is bringing the ways of His heaven into us and through us into the earth. Glory be to Him!
Father, we rejoice in Your love and in its purity and holiness. We rejoice that through Christ we can be partakers of Your love, so we can love what You love and love to live in and do Your will. Let the Holy Spirit continue to flow from Christ into us so we can live in and manifest Your love. Amen.
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