Unlock Love - Article #1
This is the beginning of a series of articles I will be posting under the umbrella of “Unlock Love.” It’s a phrase that God spoke to me, telling me to emphasize that theme. It’s no surprise that our loves should be permeated with God’s love. We should always be tapping into the continuous flow of God’s love coming into us, and letting that love flow out of us.
Jesus quoted the 1st and 2nd commandments, “Love the Lord your God…and love your neighbor as yourself.” Paul echoes Jesus’ words by writing to the church in Corinth, “Make love your highest goal,” and “do everything in love.”
There are many pathways of thinking, habits, and spiritual strongholds that block the flow of love. A few of these are the way we see God, see ourselves, and see other people. In this series of articles, I will share my experiences of removing the barriers to love.
Let’s start with our identity as children of Love. Where did we come from? We were made in Love’s image. God IS love. We were made by love, in love and for love. We are joined to Jesus, who is love: “But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit” (1 Cor 6:17). We are one with Love. That’s our true identity. There is no separation between the branch and the vine (John 15). The love that is inherent to the nature of God flows through us as we abide, remain and live into in his love.
“Children of love” is a re-phrasing of Paul’s words, “you are children of light” and “you are light in the Lord.” Scripture teaches that God is light. For Paul to say, “YOU are light” is an amazing statement. His light is alive in us – the full potential of creative, energetic God-light. Paul is saying, “this is who you are.”
So, when we’ve lost our temper or carried a bad attitude for awhile, all it takes is a simple re-alignment to get things right. We repent and remind ourselves who we really are – ones who are not envious, boastful, or proud. We are alive in the Spirit because “Christ in us, the hope of glory” is our powerhouse companion!
I like to pray this type of prayer, and make this declaration, taken from the “love chapter” in 1 Corinthians: “I am joined to Jesus, who is kind, patient, unselfish and believes the best about others. I am empowered by the Holy Spirit to walk in these qualities of love. I am one with him. I choose to surrender to his thoughts and impulses, enabling me to freely love as I have been loved.
It’s hard work becoming a constant conduit of God’s love to others – but it’s not a heavy burden. If we are struggling under the weight of condemnation, labeling ourselves as dismal failures, we’ll never climb out that depressing hole. But, if we immerse our mind and spirit in the never ending flow of God’s love, we’ll get in sync with his loving ways. And we will love our neighbor as we love ourselves!
Do yourself a favor – love and forgive yourself. Give yourself as much grace as Jesus does – it’s unending. It’s a lot easier to love others when you know you are loved unconditionally.