Learning to Receive His Love
“Mothers love is pain,” a friend told me when my children were babies. A parent loves until it hurts. The parent-child bond does not originate in man’s attempt to be good, but is placed in our DNA by God.
Much about God is revealed to us through His creation (Romans 1:20). We are created in His image and the parental DNA that humans carry is a clue into the nature of God. Our parental DNA mirrors Father God’s heart.
I believe that understanding His love for us is the most important revelation we will ever receive. It’s not a one-time ‘get it’ moment but a continual growing revelation of how He loves me. This is a pursuit we must run after. The more we understand this, the more we will taste Him.
We cannot force our hearts to understand His love. Romans 5:5 says that God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. His Spirit reveals His love to our hearts, but we can also position ourselves to receive this revelation:
1. Believe God’s Word– what it says about His love for us, even if it contradicts our feelings about God or ourselves. Believing places our minds and hearts in alignment with God and we are able to receive.
2. Spend time in His presence simply to receive His love. In this time try to refrain from your own requests and busyness even if they are spiritual and good.
3. Practice awareness of His love. When you think of Him during your day, stop for a moment (in the car, grocery store, at your desk) and consider His love for you. Allow yourself to sense His love. It’s amazing how this will change your day and life!
Here’s a meditation exercise to help us become more aware of God’s love for us:
Take a minute, quiet yourself and ponder this…Think of how much you love your kids. Think of how many times you think about them and how important they are in your life. Think of how quickly you are grieved if they are hurt or in trouble. Think of how your whole day is ruined if something is not right with them. Think of how happy you are when it is well with your child. Now learn from your own heart. Abba Father loves you MORE than you love your own children. He loves you with a perfect Father and Mother love. His compassion over you is greater than your compassion for your kids. So is His mercy, His favor, His forgiveness, His grieving, His grace and His thoughts toward you.
Now live from that outflow and rock your world!
God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. (Romans 5:5)
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