(Colossians 3:14 MSG- And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.)
The NLV of today’s focal verse says— And to all these things, you must add love. Love holds everything and everybody together and makes all these good things perfect.
The words from today’s focal verse truly moved me because in a world where it sometimes seems like everything is going wrong, THE WORD of GOD says, to truly love has the power and ability to make all things perfect.
The more I seek GOD and the more I’m praying, “Less of me and more of YOU, LORD”, the more HE makes me aware of the hurt and brokenness of this world and in the hearts of the people around me. I often sense heartache within a person without even conversing with them and sometimes without even knowing them at all.
So yesterday morning when I saw the image above that said, “Wear LOVE everywhere you go.”, it made me think of the following passage of SCRIPTURE— (1 John 4:7-12 NIV- Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from GOD. Everyone who loves has been born of GOD and knows GOD. Whoever does not love does not know GOD, because GOD IS LOVE. This is how GOD showed HIS love among us: HE sent HIS one and only SON into the world that we might live through HIM. This is love: not that we loved GOD, but that HE loved us and sent HIS SON as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since GOD so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen GOD; but if we love one another, GOD lives in us and HIS love is made complete in us.).
GOD IS LOVE. So, to truly wear love means that we’ve surrendered our lives to THE LORD; that we’re so deeply and intimately connected to HIM that the people around us don’t see us, but instead, they see HIS heart, HIS LOVE, and HIS LIFE displayed in and through our lives.
“Love holds everything and everybody together and makes all these good things perfect” doesn’t simply refer to love as an emotion, but to the perfect and sovereign PRESENCE of GOD, HIMSELF. What it really means is that, it’s HIS HOLY being that’s holding everyone and everything together and making all things perfect.
I long to love with the heart and love of our SAVIOR and I may not be able to change the world, but I’ve made a covenant with GOD that I’m going to truly wear love everywhere I go and strive to always let my words be a reflection of HIS PRESENCE in my life. And in doing that, I’m praying that every heart within “my world” will be changed.
Today, I just want to leave you with this notion: every time we to tell someone that we love them, we are essentially planting the seed of GOD’S PRESENCE in their lives. So, the more you recognize hurt or brokenness within the heart of another, the more you should tell them that you love them. There is power in the words we speak forth. To simply tell someone that we love them gives us an opportunity to continually water that seed of GOD’S PRESENCE that we’ve previously planted in their hearts which allows HIM to fully blossom in their lives. And where THE PRESENCE of our GOD blooms— all things are made perfect.
Dear HEAVENLY FATHER, I enter YOUR HOLY PRESENCE this morning asking that YOU would instill within our hearts a greater understanding of what it truly means to love one another. LORD, give us the ability to recognize the hurt and brokeness in the hearts of the people around us and capacity to love them according to YOUR standard, not ours. LORD, today and everyday forth, help us to not only love with words, but through our actions and deeds as well. ABBA, through the love that YOU’VE given us and through YOUR PRESENCE in our lives, let our hearts beat with a love that honors YOUR heart. May we truly wear YOUR love everywhere we go. In the name of JESUS CHRIST, YOUR precious SON, and our LORD and SAVIOR— I pray, Amen and so be it.
“Riches take wings, comforts vanish, hope withers away, but love stays with us. LOVE IS GOD.” ~ Lew Wallace
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