In this world, we grow up learning much about love by watching our parents, tv shows and movies, and also by the books we read.
I think I was disenchanted and confused about love as a young girl. I didn’t see my parents show much love and affection in front of me. They struggled like many marriages today to communicate well with one another. Often hurtful words were said to wound the other. Though I knew they loved me.
My parents often showed love to me through quality time. I can remember many nights before I went to bed, I would ask my Dad if he wanted to play a game with me. Many times he said yes and we’d play a game of Chutes and Ladders or Candy Land. This ministered to me deeply and made me feel loved.
One day, I came home from elementary school with a bad grade. My Mom could tell by my long face that I wasn’t doing well. That afternoon she sat me down at the kitchen table and gave me a cookie. Then she listened to me share about my sadness. My Mom wiped my tears and and consoled me. This communicated a great deal of love and care.
Time went on and I saw many movies and shows that displayed affection and love. One particular movie that spoke to me positively as a teenager was called, The Karate Kid. It’s about a boy who is uprooted from his home. He moves to California with his mom. He is bullied and treated poorly by other teens. The boy meets an older man who maintains and fixes broken things in the apartment complex. This man takes a special interest in the boy who is struggling with transition, friendships, and feels like his life is threatened by bullies. He becomes his friend, a Father figure, and his karate teacher.
Years passed and I turned 20. This is when I first began to comprehend God’s Love! It was a game changer. Before that time, I didn’t understand that God loved me unconditionally. I didn’t have to be perfect or do or say all the right things. I finally grasped for the very first time that God loved and accepted me no matter what. He was for me, had great plans for me, and knew me better than even those very close to me. God accepted all my flaws, inadequacies and bad days. This was life altering for me. Remember, no one can love us better than God!! Knowing His great love for me drew me to want to commit my life to God.
What views have shaped your thinking about love? Do you look longingly for love from the world? Have you met God, the lover of your soul? The One who knows you intimately, loves you deeply, and accepts all your flaws and bad days? He is always there waiting for you to accept His free gift of salvation and love. “For God so LOVED the world that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” God is a giver! He gave us His one and only beloved Son so that we could have a love relationship with Him, a meaningful life on earth and a forever life with Him in heaven. Wow!!! Let’s not only receive God’s love but give His love away freely without charge or expectation of any return. LOVE is an extravagant gift!! ❤️
You and I belong to the day if we are children of God. What does it mean to belong to the day? We do things in the light and do not participate in evil things that take place in darkness. But instead, we are the LIGHT of the world. (Matt. 5:14). The very light of Christ resides in believers. The light illuminates and penetrates wherever it shines. We are to faithfully shine out His light by our words, deeds, and our actions.
“Let us be sober.” If we aren’t sober, then we are drunk. If you have ever been in that state, then you know you are no longer in control of yourself but are controlled by whatever alcohol you are consuming. This makes you very unstable and unable to think clearly. You willingly do things you would never do unless under the influence. We need not only to be sober physically, but spiritually too. Sober minded and showing self control.
“Putting on faith as a breastplate.” When I hear the word breastplate, I immediately think of the armor of God found in Ephesians 6:10-17. These are passages that tell us about the different parts of armor that every believer needs to be wearing. The breastplate in a physical sense protects your vital organs. In a spiritual sense we are to put on faith a like a breastplate over our hearts. Faith an important part of a christian’s walk. Faith is our belief and trust in Christ and God. “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Heb. 11:6) Faith activates our actions.
“Love as a breastplate.” Love is what Jesus commanded us to do in the gospels. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 22:37,39) Love is a powerful thing when focused on these two commands. I would challenge you to think today how you can express your love to God and to others. Put LOVE into action!
“Hope of Salvation as a helmet.” Hope is such a beautiful word. Hope is an expectancy of what is to come. We have hope of our salvation. One day we will see Jesus face to face. Oh what a day that will be! Revelations 12:10 tells us “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of Christ have come!!” Tell someone today of this hope of salvation that you have and stand amazed at what the Lord will do.