When God purifies our heart, the light of His presence transforms our desires from evil to good; illuminates our mind with truth; and MOST remarkably—gives us His love and transforms our heart to have compassion on—even those who mistreat us! Wow—what a trade-up from living WITHOUT God’s presence!
God’s love frees us—to love ourselves and to love others—the way He loves us!
The Bible makes this profound statement about the connection between knowing God and the way we love:
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does NOT know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8)
God’s love pouring OUT of us is evidence that He lives IN us.
I like the way the Amplified Bible explains this truth:
“No man has at any time [yet] seen God. But if we love one another, God abides (lives and remains) in us and His love is brought to completion (runs its full course, is perfected) in us! By this we come to know that we abide (live and remain) in Him and He in us: because He has given (imparted) to us of His [Holy] Spirit. And we ourselves have seen (have deliberately and steadfastly contemplated) and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son [as the] Savior of the world. Anyone who confesses (OWNS) that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides (makes His home) in him and he [makes his home] in God. And we know (understand by experience) and believe the love God cherishes for us. God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him. In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world.”(1 John 4:12-17)
The presence of God makes us sweet. Love-starved people, tired of the misery of darkness, desire what we have. Many of the people I see in my office have been abused by darkness or abused themselves with sin for so long that their heart is desperate for God’s love. When I allow God’s presence to flood my life it pours out all over them! What an amazing life God has given us to live in HIS love.
To be constantly illuminated by God’s love, we must “abide” in Him; which is to love Him more than we love anything that separates us from Him!
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