Love

Everyday with God

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world- the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life- is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
I John 2:15-17
It's a chronic condition, a universal disease. It is a sickness the afflicts all of us and without Jesus our stories would end in tragedy. Hear how author Paul Tripp describes how sin causes us to turn our backs on the love of God.
 
'You are a lover; we all are. We love. It's what human beings do every moment of every day, in every location, and in every situation. You are never not loving. It's in the very fiber of your being. It's the way God carefully constructed you. Why did he hardwire you to love? Why is this such an essential part of who are you? God created you with this capacity so that you would have what you need to live in a deeply loving, heart-controlling, motivation-producing, worship-initiating, joy-stimulating relationship with him. Your capacity to love was created for him. Your desire to love was meant to draw you to him. Your heart was designed to long for love, and that longing was meant to find its final and complete fulfillment in him.
 
Here is the tragedy. Sin causes us all, in some way, to turn our backs on the love of God and give the principal love of our hearts to someone or something else. We seek to have our hearts fulfilled by love for something other than God.  We love the other people more than we love God. We run from thing to thing, hoping our hearts will be content in love. We're all spiritually promiscuous, running from lover to lover, giving away what by the design of creation belongs to God and God alone.'*
 
But God. He showers us with love that does not quit, even in our wanderings. By grace he transforms our hearts and changes us from within, that increasingly we might keep the ultimate love of our hearts for him. Now, because of Jesus, we have the power to keep people, achievements, experiences and creation in their proper place.
 
Questions for reflection-

+ Have you thought about your tendency to shift your love for God to the 'things of the world'?
+ Thank him that he is always working in our hearts to move us find his love supreme.

 
*New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp.                                                        
365 devotional readings with a compelling gospel-centered thought, followed by an extended meditation for the day. Focused less on behavior modification and more on helping people encounter the living God, this resource equips readers with the good news that they need to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory—day in and day out.
 
Available on Amazon and also in the NorthPoint bookstore.
ISBN: 978-1-1-4335-4138-4
Linda Miller | Ministry Development

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