Love Is Waiting
Bible Reading: 1 John 4:7-10
We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry it out.
We may feel like love just doesn't seem to work for us. We may wonder if we're doing something wrong. Perhaps we have problems loving because we're disconnected from the source of true love.
The apostle John wrote, "Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. . . . But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love" (1 John 4:7-8).
Jesus said, "I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other" (John 13:34). Trying to love without first receiving God's love is like trying to water something with a hose that's disconnected from the faucet. When we receive God's unconditional love for us we can begin to love ourselves. We are then told to love others as we love ourselves and as Jesus has loved us. There is a boundless reservoir of love available to us; but without receiving the love of God in Christ we will run dry.
Jesus is waiting for us to open up and receive his love. He said, "Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends" (Revelation 3:20). Love is waiting. All we have to do is to open up to the love God offers us.
The more contact we have with God, the more we're aware of his love for us.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.