I talked the other day about a book I am reading called "Prone to Love" by Jason Clark. It is a fantastic book about the love of God. I've gotten even deeper into it, and am loving it all the more.
I grew up in a Christian home, so the idea of the Father's love is not new to me, but Jason has brought it around in a different way and has made me see the Father's love in a whole new light. Each of us have someone in our lives that represents the unconditional love that we all crave. It could be your mother or father, a spouse, or a sibling. These are the people in our lives that love us no matter what, the people who will never turn their back on us. The people who forgive ever mistake, who are awake in the middle of the night with you, who know you intimately, and love you anyway. And that is God's love.
When I think of God loving me in earthy terms, like the way my Husband loves me through no matter what I throw at him, I have an entirely different picture of how the Father loves me. Somehow putting it in earthly terms make me realize even more than before how deep His love is for me. My husband has seen me at my best and at my worst and loves me anyway. He loves me at my very ugliest, weakest, most vulnerable moments. And so does my Heavenly Father; even more.
It's difficult to fathom, this heavenly love. Paul tries to describe it in Ephesians 3 when he says "to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.." He was trying to describe the indescribable: "bigger than forever, longer than eternity, higher than a million, billion and deeper than infinity times a hundred." says Clark. Indescribable; no words can make us understand. It is immeasurable by human standards.
Once we grasp this truth, that we can't possible comprehend how much the Father loves, then we can begin to realize that LOVE is the commodity of heaven. Clark states, "While earth revolves around the reality of need, heaven exists in the revelation of love. Need doesn't exist in heaven."
Need doesn't exist in heaven. Let that sink in for a moment. Remember in Revelation when we are told there will be no more pain, no more tears, no more death. Need doesn't exist, only the LOVE of God. wow.
So Jason's challenge is to live in the reality that heaven is full of limitless resources, available to us through prayer. There are no limits on His love, generosity, mercy, grace, healing, hope and life. NO LIMIT. We never use it all up. He constantly has more to give, because he LOVES. All of heaven is LOVE.
Have I confined my prayers to a limited God or a limitless God? Have I contained my God by restraining Him to my earthly measurements?
"When we see our Father and become sure in His love, all impossibilities become possibilities - it's called heaven on earth." ~Jason ClarkI'm sure you've heard this statement: What we believe determines how we live. So why don't we learn a new Love Language, straight from heaven. Let's realize again, or maybe for the first time that God's love is measureless perfection. Because if we believe that the Father is always good and is always love, then we can begin to live like it!
I don't know about you, but I have been challenged and I've only read half the book! I will have one more installment on this book in the coming weeks. Be sure to watch for it!
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