Friday, April 22, 2016

Seeing clearly ---> loving fully

There is a dullness in our passion for God due to a dimness of our vision of God.

The natural state of our hearts, left untouched and unaided, is indifference to God at best, if not in outright opposition to him.

The truth is if we fully saw and grasped the greatness of God in all his beauty, love, majesty, power, wisdom as well as his fierce commitment to us, we would be set on fire with unending, uninterrupted passion for Him (and compassion for others). We would have a relentless desire to pursue him every second of every day. In short we would love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and our neighbors as ourselves.

Isaiah 6:1-8

But we do not. (See Rom 7:18-24)

Is there a solution? What can we do?

We can do nothing in terms of actions that will cause God to turn to us. He is already fully committed to us in Christ! We can only call out to God in faith asking him to reveal himself to us more and that we would increasingly have eyes and ears to receive a fuller and clearer revelation of him in all his glory/worth/ love.

Thank God for Christ! (See Rom 7:25-8:1) In and through Christ, God's faithfulness and relentless commitment to us is revealed (even in our failures) and it is never ending! 

Morning by morning new mercies we see. The more we see him, the more in love with him we become; the more our passion for him and love for others grows.

"The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." – Jeremiah the prophet – Lam 3:22-33

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