The Alls

Characteristics of Love Series

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8

Once, the Lord said to me that I needed to know that He loved me in the mess before He removed me from it.  That stuck with me, as most things He speaks to my heart do.  It occurred to me that He said this because we tend to have the habit in our thinking that He loves us deeply only in our “perfection.”

I have been thinking about the statement “love covers all,” and how profound that is to our human frailty and weakness.  God loves us so much that He provided for the “all” in our lives.  We need the love of God in our lives not just to cover “the alls” in our lives, but to help us love each other deeply to the cover “the alls” in other’s lives.

Recently, on an outreach to exploited women in my community I kept hearing words that spoke of their shame and I thought about how the love of Christ covers and obliterates shame.  It is love that covers, whereas shame makes us believe we need to cover ourselves…just look at Adam and Eve.  When we allow the love of Christ to touch and transform us we can then share that same love with others and be blessed to witness heaven in action.   Characteristic of love #2: it covers all

We needed a love in our lives to cover “the alls,”….enter Jesus who upstaged it ALL with His very life.  This is one girl who believes in the power of Jesus’ love and will gladly let Him cover my “alls”…will you?

He Reaches Out Still

So many of us are satisfied with the status quo of Christianity…God stays where He is (wherever that may be) and we stay here and “admire” Him from a distance, but that is NOT God’s design.  From the beginning of time God has had an outstretched hand.  The Word of God says that He is the same yesterday and today and forevermore.  His plan is shown in the relationship He had with Adam and Eve in the garden.  God sent His son after the sin entered the world and distorted everything to restore us to His plan…His plan of relationship.  A relationship is His blueprint for mankind.  For all eternity our Savior has and will have His hand outstretched to us.

So, as I sit here I pray that I would not chicken out, but would ascend the hill so to speak and go deeper with God.  I don’t want to be like the Israelites who sent Moses and stayed at the bottom of the mountain…scared.

Now, it may be in human nature to turn from God, but Moses is proof (as well as many, many others) that the Holy Spirit leads us on and we experience the truth…that God is waiting, reaching out, longing for us to grab His hand.  So as it is said in the Jesus Culture song…

I’m not afraid…show me your glory.  Grab that outstretched hand.