Embracing Rather Than Resisting

John 14:21 gives us a glimpse into our love’s tangible entrance through intimate communion. It says, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

John 3:16 says that God so loved the world. That is everyone without exception. Yet, to the believer we are brought into that love relationship of loving communion. 2 Peter 1:4 says that we become partakers of His nature (verse 3) through our knowledge of Him.

Ephesians 3:19 described it as experiential, meaning that we live in it. The Amplified says, “(That you may really come) to know (practically, through experience for yourselves) the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge (without experience)…”

How do we most effectively learn His love through our experiences? Through hard trials, hardships, adversities, afflictions, suffering, and facing the impossible. We embrace Him through intimate communion.

Saying something like, ‘Get me out of this’ or ‘I can’t stand this any more’ are words of resistance. Through them we miss His gift of grace that will be our sufficiency moment by moment. 

God’s intended end was stated in James 5:11. “…the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” Psalm 145:9 says, “The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” We are His workmanship of love according to Ephesians 2:10.

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