by Clint Byars
When we talk about love it sounds more like a concept than an actual thing. Love may be a force, like gravity. Gravity can't be seen but it's constant and measurable. Gravity is measured by the amount of attraction between anything with mass and energy. Gravity pulls things together.
If love were tangible what would it do?
Titus 3 NIV - "3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior."
Love appeared so it could save you. Of course it's Jesus who saves but it's God's love that manifested as Jesus. In this case God's love became something and did something.
Ephesians 2 NIV - "4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus."
God's love draws us together WITH Christ. Love is God's motivation but the effects of love are reconciliation and connection.
God's love toward us was more than just an emotion and more than a neurochemical in his brain, it was something that came from him to accomplish something. God acted on that love, expressed that love and it accomplished something.
It's as if love is a force that emanates from God and manifests as a reconciliatory substance. What if we could transmit love as well? Since God's love has been shed abroad in our hearts, what if we can reflect that force into the world around us? What if love went beyond abstract ideas and actually touched people?
Yes, our actions of love can be felt by people but what if the actual love we have in our hearts toward people made a difference?
Think about this. How do the people in your life respond to you when your heart and thoughts are actually feeling love toward them in that very moment? If you're angry at someone and that's what you're aware of while you're in front of that person, how do they respond to you? There are many factors in this scenario but people can tell and feel our feelings toward them. If this is true of horses it's also true of people.
I urge you to introduce love into your business, relationships, ministry and even toward yourself. Love is a choice but it’s a necessary choice, you can to lead with it and change the environment of your home or workplace.
Try this exercise. If you are married, put thoughts and feelings of love in your heart, mind and emotions toward your husband/wife first thing every day and see what happens. I'd love to hear how it affects your relationship.
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