Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:1-5 (ESV)
I Love You
I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. How did this come to be true? When did I start loving you? How has my love for you been growing? How has loving you changed the entire course of my life? How are all my thoughts and words and actions being motivated by my love for you? How has loving you made it not burdensome for me to want to do what is good and right and pleasing to you? Why am I no longer so strongly pulled to think and speak act in ways that are not pleasing to you? I think about these questions. Do I deserve any credit for loving you? That seems like a silly question. Do I perfectly follow and obey you? That seems like an even dumber question. You have however, asked some very good questions. I would like to hear some of your answers. Maybe, I will start with my silly and dumb questions. They are not as silly and dumb as you think. I get that. Here goes. I’m listening. I don’t deserve any credit for loving you. You have made it possible for me to love you. I only love you because you first love me. You drew me to yourself. You showed me your love. Your love has surrounded me. Your love has captured my heart and mind and life. I want to live in your love. You made it the desire of my heart to want to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. It is my joy to live my live with and for you. Even now, I do not perfectly follow and obey you. You will never catch me saying that I am not sinner. I still need your forgiveness and cleansing of all my unrighteousness. Yet, you keep me moving forward with you. Yes, I do. Every day you are molding and shaping my life. Moment by moment, you are changing me into the person you want me to become. Yes, I am. You never give up on me. No, I do not. No, I will not. I am the work of your hands. Yes, you are. This is an exciting journey. Yes, it is. It is my joy to walk with you through life. I have no idea exactly what you will do through my life. I do have an idea what you will do in my life? What’s that? You will help me to live in your love. You will help me to love you. You will help me to love others. You will help me to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. Yes, I will. I am so thankful that you are working in and through me. It is my joy to love and follow and obey you. That is very good.
Lord, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It is my passionate desire to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. Help me to live in your love. Help me to joyously follow and obey you. Help me to completely love others with your love. Amen
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