“I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love. If you keep my commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in my love. That’s what I’ve done—kept my Father’s commands and made myself at home in his love.”
John 15:9-10 MSG
A home is a place of protection from the outside elements.
It is a place of preparation that you come from every day.
It is the place of provision you go to and find rest in every night.
Jesus told his disciples, his friends, to make themselves at home in his love, just as he made himself at home in God’s love.
I think making yourself home in the love of Jesus is harder than it sounds because the love we are most at home in isn’t God’s.
The love we are most at home in is shaped by the love that we know from our family, from our past relationships and from the world we live in today. The love we are most at home in has come from broken people in a broken world.
The love you may know from the past is probably dysfunctional.
The love you may know from the world is definitely distorted.
The world says “love yourself”, “find the the love you need inside” and “you have all you need inside yourself”. But that love is usually destructive rather than protective.
What if all the love you know is dysfunctional, distorted and destructive?
The love you know is the love you give. It is the home you build and the life you lead. It is the love you are at home in.
Jesus came to show us what it looks like to be at home in God’s perfect love. He came to make a way for you to experience being at home in wholeness of God’s expansive love. To live in it and love from this healthy, all encompassing, forgiving, restoring, amazing love.
A love that is is a place of protection from outside elements.
A love that is a place of preparation for you to come from every day.
A love that is place of provision that you go to and find rest in every night.
Jesus opens wide his arms, points at his heart and essentially says,
“Come on in! My commands are the walls and roof that protect you, my compassion will prepare you to love those around you and my grace is the place of deep soul rest for you to be recharged and refreshed in. Come on in and make yourself at home here”.
Jesus came to heal the love you know and transform the love you give. He came to be your home.
It IS good to be home.