Living in Astonishing Love

“Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God!-EPHESIANS 3:18-19 THE PASSION TRANSLATION

It’s hard to understand.

It takes a lifetime to discover.

It is more that we can imagine and lasts longer than we can measure.

It is the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions.

It is far reaching and for all.

It is personal and intimate. 

It is extravagant and overflowing.

Jesus loves and loves and loves and loves.

Not just on special days but for every day.

His love is the beautiful, powerful, strong, unrelenting, eternal love of the Father poured into your soul until it overflows.

Throw off all fear of rejection and cannon ball into the expanse of it.

Acting like It

“Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life.”-EPHESIANS 3:17, THE PASSION TRANSLATION

What does it mean to use your faith?

It means acting on what you believe is true.

Believing that you are loved means you act like it before you feel like it.

It means that you treat yourself and others according to truth that you are loved.

It means you allow God’s love to heal your wounds, release you from resentments and allow you to see yourself as God’s sees you.

God sees you as valuable, worthy, gifted, restored, and empowered to live that way.

Resting in the love of Christ means you no longer waste your energy trying to earn what is already yours.

It means the judgement has been passed, you have been forgiven and you no longer have to beg the judge for freedom.

You are free to live from a source of eternal love.

God’s eternal love through Jesus Christ to you, for you, in you.

It is yours to work out what this looks like in your life.

One step of faith at a time.

One day at a time.

May the resting place of God’s love for you become the very source and root of who you are and what you do today.

Unlimited Riches

And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power.”-EPHESIANS 3:16, THE PASSION TRANSLATION

Don’t you just love a big unveiling?

A new car, a new product, a new vision that will change life as you know it.

Today there is to be a great unveiling for you.

It is the unveiling of the unlimited riches of glory that God has already given you through Jesus.

It is the lavish outpouring of God’s favor upon your life. 

It is the glory and favor of God’s limitless love continually filling your soul to the brim until you can’t contain it any longer.

This is the life you and I are called to in Christ.

It is a life of living in unlimited divine love that fills you with supernatural strength and power.

It is yours through Jesus.

All yours.

To live in today. 

Who Is God?

“So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth.”-EPHESIANS 3:14-15, THE PASSION TRANSLATION

When you realize how much He loves you.

When you receive the truth that He knows you, loves you and has chosen you.

When you know that nothing separates you from Him, not even your own sin.

When you enter into His arms and allow Him to embrace you.

You can’t help but fall to your knees in awe.

Who is God?

He is a father.

The perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on earth.

Who are you? 

His beloved child, invited into an eternal relationship with Him beginning now.

Go Ahead and Be Stubborn

But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:32-39‬ ‭MSG

Following Jesus means that you are being called upon to be a pioneer. He is calling you to be the first in your family to break the cycle of unhealthy habits or to break the cycle of emotional or physical abuse.

It will take courage.

You will have to persevere.

You will have to be stubborn to keep going against the odds and swim against the current.

God is asking you to be a change-maker and to be stubborn about it.

Be stubborn about your goals but flexible about your methods. 

Jesus never did the same miracle twice. 

Each one was different and unique.

Be creative, use what God has given you and fight for change. 

Change worth having is worth fighting for.

Go ahead – be stubborn and courageous today.

How to Be

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
‭‭Ephesians 4:32 ‭NIV‬‬

Someone needs you to be kind today.

To preach without words.

To listen without judgment.

To speak the truth in love.

To forgive when they haven’t asked for it.

To serve without complaining.

To be brave.

To be real.

To be available.

Be available for God to use you anywhere, anytime with anyone and He will.

Never Lose Sight

Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭MSG

Jesus entered brokenness, was broken in it and then rose again to offer hope and wholeness to the world.

He didn’t lose sight of God’s future, He focused on it. He focused on you.

When you are overwhelmed with the difficulty before you – fix your eyes on Jesus.

He went through the unimaginable so that He could get you through the impossible. 

This Is Love

This is love: He loved us long before we loved him. It was his love, not ours. He proved it by sending his Son to be the pleasing sacrificial offering to take away our sins. Delightfully loved ones, if he loved us with such tremendous love, then ‘loving one another’ should be our way of life!”  1 John 4:10-11, The Passion Translation

We are loved long before we love God.

However, it seems to me that the majority of the time, we are trying to grow our love for God instead of living in the expanse of God’s proven love for us. 

We work hard to do the right things instead of simply resting in the righteousness of Jesus, the rightness of Jesus. 

He was right with God, He sacrificed Himself so we could be right with God. It’s done.

That is it. 

That is love.

When we stop striving to be good enough for God to love and simply receive the unearnable love of God, it feels like a gift. 

Because it is.

Are you living loved or striving for it today?

You are accepted right this minute. You are forgiven right this minute. You are delightfully loved right this minute.

Receive the gift of being ridiculously loved right this minute.

Then love someone else in the same way God is loving you: ridiculously, completely and luxuriously. 

May the luxurious love of God for you transform the way you see yourself and treat yourself today. Then may it spill over onto everyone else.

Experiencing the Love of God

“I love each of you with the same love that the Father loves me. You must continually let my love nourish your hearts.” John 15:9, The Passion Translation

Can you imagine how God the Father loves God the Son?

It must be amazing to be that secure in how God feels about you. 

Jesus experienced the love of God every moment of every day with nothing hindering it.

That didn’t mean His life was without pain or trial.

On the contrary, the life of Jesus was full of pain, fear, anger and loss.

He wept. He yelled. He made people angry -so angry, in fact, that they plotted to kill Him (and did).

Yet, He lived loved.

Without reserve.

He fully offered all He had and all He knew.

It’s the same love.

The same love God has for Jesus, He has for us.

Generous, strong, real, glorious love.

Jesus offers this same unrelenting love as the nourishment we are meant to draw from as we live each moment of our lives. The good and the bad times, the amazing and the heartbreaking times, the sweet and the bitter times.

Every single one.

God’s love doesn’t change towards us according to what is happening to us. It is the fuel that gets us through it all.

May this same love be a balm to your soul today as you face whatever realities life is bringing to you. 

You Are Loved, Always.

“You are always and dearly loved by God! So robe yourself with virtues of God, since you have been divinely chosen to be holy. Be merciful as you endeavor to understand others, and be compassionate, showing kindness toward all. Be gentle and humble, unoffendable in your patience with others.” Colossians 3:12, The Passion Translation

Apparently, it is hard for humans to believe that we are always and dearly loved by God. 

The New Testament repeats this sentiment over and over again – you are loved by God. 

Always.

Live from it.

Live like it. 

Make God’s love your wardrobe.

Wear all it’s styles – mercy, kindness, gentleness, unoffendable love.

If God is not offended by your brokenness and humanness, how can you be offended with others?

Wear His love like a warm coat in the coldest winter.

Wrap God’s love around you.

Make it be what people first notice about you.

May the always-there-love-of-God direct you to immerse yourself in the power of His kindness, mercy, goodness and faithfulness.