It is a word that we often underestimate and misuse.
It is a word that has so much power behind it.
It is a word that has changed my perspective of the world.
It is a word that has been heavy on my heart lately.
I was heartbroken this morning as I opened my phone to all that is happening in the world. There is so much healing that is desperately needed. While reading my bible and praying, I sat waiting for answers. I felt the Lord confirm a message that he has been growing in me. It started a few weeks ago, as I began reading a book by Lysa Terkeurst called Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely. In the book, Lysa talks about the power of love in our everyday lives. Specifically, the power of Jesus’s love in our lives, if we welcome it. It seemed like a simple concept. However, the more that I let it resonate it with me, the more I realized how life-changing it really is.
The power of love can be illustrated in the many messages woven throughout scripture. For example, in 1 John 4: 10-12 (NIV version) it says,
“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”
How beautiful that God’s love has the power to change everything, to complete us, to connect us, and that he so freely gave it to us? And what is even cooler is that it does not matter who you are. God does not put a restriction on it. GOD SIMPLY LOVES YOU.
So the question is, how do we experience this kind of life-changing love? I believe it is always there for us to accept. However, I also believe it is something that we must actively pursue and look for. It is there when we give a kind word to a stranger. It is there when we choose life-giving words over words of hate. It is there when we forgive, when all we want to do is to hold on to unforgiveness. It is there when we participate in a community of believers who are at different walks of life, yet all united under the love of Jesus.
See, because of the love that Jesus has shown me despite my failures, insecurities, shortcomings, etc. I realize that love is not just a feeling or word as the world explains. It is a unfathomable, powerful force that changes every aspect of our short lives on this earth. It is the most powerful weapon in the battle against the darkness.
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Hey! I'm Katie. I have a passion for sharing God's love. I also love writing, thus the creation of this blog. I hope this makes your day just a little brighter!