driven to love
By Joelle Brinkley
November 11, 2020
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I have been ruminating for the last few days on something I heard on a television program I was recently watching. The story, in brief, was talking about how a woman loved other people. They said something to the effect of ‘she loved people how she wanted to be loved.’ Let us think about that for a moment.
In our nature, we are unable to love people enough to have them love us back in the same way. When I lifted this thought to God, the thing that came to my mind was that Jesus loves us and served as an example of how we should love Him and others. Yet, we will never be able to love Him back in the way that He loves us. This might sound hopeless, but it is not!
My friends, Jesus’s unmerited, unending, and everlasting love does not depend on how we love Him back! He is lavishing it upon on us because He loves us beyond measure or understanding. (Can I get a Hallelujah?)
This in no way gives us a free pass to do what we want. Instead, it reminds us to surrender daily to this wonderful gift of salvation that has set us free and allowed us to be thankful and love God with fresh eyes and a new heart every day. Hebrews 10:24-25 then reminds us to “consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
If this much sacrificial love was poured upon us, how then should our hearts respond in gratitude through our worship and care for others? As we near Thanksgiving in the next few weeks, may we remember His love and how we can turn it back to praise and then pour it out to others.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Prayer to start with: Lord, we received the greatest gift of all when Jesus came to Earth to die in our place. He served as the ultimate example of how to love others and serve. As we approach Thanksgiving, may our hearts overflow with gratitude for what you have done and who you are in all that we are and all that we do. In Jesus name, Amen.