And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39 – NLT).
I had a conversation the other day, and I held to the view that God’s love cannot be taught, only experienced. I believe this because, firstly, God is love (1 John 4:7-8) and, secondly, any attempt to teach people how to love God must be from the perspective of works. So, we tell God’s people that loving Him means we come to church, and partcipate in different church activities, etc. But the reality is, if we do none of those things, we are still absolutely loved of the Father, His love is never in response to our love for Him, and we cannot fall in love with God by doing. In knowing Him, it becomes harder not to love Him.
Yes, love does produce work, but we can work without love, especially in our day where it seems people will do anything, and be anyone to get what they want. Love is skewed by our own selfish lust and desires, and it becomes all about doing and saying the right things to get a desired outcome. Our daily prayer should be for God to draw us into an encounter with Love, which is an encounter with Him because He is Love. It is only through this love that we can totally defeat the spirit of fear, because perfect love drives our fear. The Bible is clear, if you still struggle with fear, you have not been made perfect in Love (See 1 John 4:18).
Father, I thank You that You are Love, and even in falling short of loving You back, Your love for me is still perfect and absolute. May You draw me into an encounter with Your love that I may know You, and grow to love You, in Jesus Name.