Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.”
A person can only go so long being ignored. Worse yet, badgered for their faults, inconsistencies and shortcomings. Words of negativity, condemnation and criticism can be so destructive that a person will consider removing themself totally.
It all starts with;
‘What were you thinking?”
“How could you do something so stupid.”
If this verbal assault continues, the one on the receiving end begins to believe what they are hearing for lack of any contrary arguments otherwise.
There are some who seem to think that leadership is something to be taken by force. Whether a father in his home; an employee in the workplace or even one who holds a position in the church. God has such a different plan for us and demonstrates it through His provision for our salvation.
From creation, it has been put in us to be drawn to our Creator.
God does not assume His throne by force or by domination. He is Sovereign. Almighty. All powerful (Omnipotent). All-knowing (Omniscient). All-present (Omnipresent). Because He gave us a free will, we have the opportunity to resist such power… but why would we?
Colossians 1:16-17 “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
There is a desire that God placed in us that is one of the most powerful forces on the face of the earth – LOVE.
If a baby grows up without touch, without comfort, without words of affirmation, encouragement and love, they will become cold, bitter and abrasive. But that does not mean they have lost the capacity to love or to be loved. We often project onto people the thought that they are already beyond hope or saving because they come across as harsh, bitter or critical.
Love can break through all that. Jesus Christ proved that on the cross. It is revealed in the lives of those who came in contact with the gospel.
The maniac of Gadarra.
Simon, the sorcerer.
Paul, the apostle.
Amazing stories of transformation – all because they were as we – drawn to Christ and His love for us.
Even someone who is in such spiritual bondage – possesed by demons; can be saved.
John Ramirez, now and evangelist; used to be called the son of Satan in the satanic religion Palo Mayombe. Evil was so present with him, folks used to avoid his gaze when passing him on the streets of New York. In his testimony (chronicled in the book; Out of the Devil’s Cauldron https://www.alibris.com/Out-of-the-Devils-Cauldron-John-Ramirez/book/28903871?matches=11), he reveals how he was drawn to Christ; who at the time, was his enemy.
John grew up with an abusive father. He longed to be loved by his dad. When he learned that God is a loving, Heavenly Father, he began to feel the tug toward Him. Ultimately, and through much trial and tribulation, John came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and now travels the world telling his story and warning Christians of the deceptions of the devil.
At the first we seek love because we need it. Once we find it, and are secure in it, sharing it begins a journey of finding what God intended for us.
1 John 4:10-11 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
John, above any of the other apostles, exemplified that love. When they gathered, he was the one leaning closest to Jesus. He was of the inner circle of friends that Jesus drew close to Himself. He was the only apostle who did not flee at the crucifixion, but stayed there and was instructed to care for Mary by the Jesus.
John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
Christ was lifted up to us for us to trust Him as Savior. We, in turn, must lift Him up to others for them to be drawn to Him. It is His power to love and to save. It is His mercy, love and forgiveness that is a force that goes beyond mauch of what we say is impossible. God knew that love would go beyond much of what would normally stop us. He said:
Matthew 5:44 “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”
And then Jesus states why we should do such a thing:
Matthew 4:45, 48 “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
Our capacity to love is truly not within ourselves. God wants to love other through us – with His love. It is then we experience a love beyond anything we could ever imagine.
You are worthy, dear one!
The ‘whosoever’ and ‘all’ of the Bible means everyone. Do not resist His love for you. Do not restrict His love for others – give it freely.