Sunday, February 09, 2020

"Whom Do You Love?"

Reflections4Life February 9, 2020    
Who Do You Love?”

We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John 4:16

Scripture Contemplation: Genesis 22; Genesis 29; Proverbs 3; Matthew 5; John 3; 1 Corinthians 13...

Whom do you love? You really don't have to answer that. Your actions will speak for you. Your actions will tell the story of what and who resides in your heart. Some people can hide the truth for a while, but eventually, all light stands out from darkness, and the truth about how you really feel is revealed.

I decree that this week's Reflections will be a continued source of encouragement and inspiration for your heart, mind, and soul. Let the love of God fill you and penetrate every part of your soul, so that you may know how to love the way the Father loves, and know-how to receive love. 

Many use the word love frivolously. I love this. I love that. I love movies. I love dessert. I love. I love. I love. Yet, our actions are speaking volumes concerning who we really love. Love is more than just an emotion. It is a force. It is power. It is the embodiment of God here on this earth. When we really understand how precious and powerful love is, we would be less likely to be frivolous in its use. We would honor love by showing and giving love as God has commanded.

People are making choices every single day based upon how they feel at any given moment. They are saying with their mouths how much they love. How much they love their families, their spouse, their children, their career. Yet, the actions they are putting forth do not speak of love. Their actions are not reflecting the love they say they have in their hearts. Instead, what is reflected is a spirit of selfishness, low self-esteem, resentfulness, animosity, sorrow, shame, and sometimes hate.

Matthew 6:20-22 “20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

We are making life choices based upon what is residing in our hearts. What we treasure the most will be found in the core of our hearts. That is what will occupy our time, energy, and efforts. What do you treasure today? What is it that has a hold of your heart that you will be willing to lay down your life if it came to that? 

Many walk around speaking words that sound lovely and correct. They are able to fool some people for some time. However, they can never fool God. The Father knows our hearts. He knows where our treasure lies. He knows what is on our priority list. He knows how weak or how strong our love is. He reaches towards us every day. Every day when we arise, it is a gift from God, and Him reaching toward us, so that He may fill us with Himself.

Yet, many have rejected the Father. Our actions have dismissed the hand of God. Many have assumed that they can walk on this earth and do what they like, and no one would be the wiser of who they really are and what they really believe. Not true. Because the actions we take today, have consequences for others tomorrow. Whether we see it or not, or acknowledge it.

Do you love God? Do you love your family? Do you love your friends? Do you love yourself? The truth is, many of us cannot give love or receive love or reciprocate love, because we do not love ourselves. How can you love anyone else when you have no love for yourself? Receiving, accepting love, and believing in love, is difficult when you are having trouble loving yourself. That, my Beloveds, is at the core of many who profess to love, but whose actions speak otherwise. 

This is the reason why so many people hurt their loved ones and make poor decisions because they lack self-love. Without self-love, you lack the ability to recognize or correctly assess what is best or good for yourself in the end. You may make poor decisions that can have devastating consequences for those you say you do love.

Whom do you love? Love is powerful. Love is healing. Love is delivering. Love is consuming. Love can change things in a moment’s time. Love is long-suffering. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is selfless. Love is forgiving. 

1 Corinthians 13:1-2 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”

Let the love of God fill you today. Let God fill you. Let Him pour Himself into every part of you; restoring your heart and soul, healing the wounds of your past. Bringing deliverance to those areas, you have never spoken about or shared with anyone. Let the Father into your secret place of pain and shame, so that He may bless you with beauty for your ashes, and double anointing for your shame. Let love in today so that you may be free to love the way God has ordained you to love. That, you may love yourself and God that is in you.

My Beloveds, I decree that the spirit of peace and prosperity has found permanent rest in every area of your life. Let God in. Let Him pour Himself into your heart and soul, filling you with love that consumes restores and redeems, so that you may love yourself, and others unhindered and completely, just as God loves. You are blessed. Now go...and be a blessing!

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