It’s Time to Embrace God’s Love

 

The word “embrace” brings to mind welcoming something or someone with open arms, usually with great affection. God has lovingly embraced us with open arms to such a degree that He sent His Son Jesus. Jesus was, and is, the reflection of God in human form. Being a Christian isn’t about any particular religion, but rather about strengthening a family relationship between God and His children

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We’ve all heard the Bible story about the wealthy man whose son ran away and squandered his share of the family fortune. When he returned, remorseful and ashamed of his actions, his father could have scolded him for what he did. Instead, he ran out to meet his son when he saw him from a distance, threw his arms around him, and kissed him (Luke 15: 11-31). Our relationship with God can be viewed in the same way.


As our heavenly Father, God wanted to show us the depth of His feelings for us. But He didn’t just rely on words. He sent His only Son, Who is love personified. Jesus promises us that if we accept the gift He offers us, we can live in Him, and He in us (1 John 4:16). And when we embrace the power of God’s love, we begin changing from the inside.


Relying on, and believing in, God’s promises, changes our whole mindset. His perfect love casts out fear, and acting on His perfect loves leads to the knowledge that He’ll keep us safe from all evil. Living our lives day-by-day, according to His will for us, pushes out all desire to sin and replaces it with a hunger and thirst to know God’s Word more deeply. Fully embracing His love totally transforms our lives.


We no longer need to let worry, fear, doubt, or any other negative emotion disconnect us from God. Stepping out in faith and declaring that His perfect love has overcome those emotions can help us accept His truths with open arms. Being His children and patterning our lives after Jesus, whose earthly ministry focused on compassion, healing, and acceptance, can help us experience God’s love firsthand.


This type of love will separate us and cause us to stand out from the world like a light stands out in a darkened room. When we start to see, and feel, the changes, others will notice as well. They’ll notice our new attitude, the new way we act, and the new way we treat others. The love of Christ manifested in us will create a stir and generate attention the same way Jesus created a stir during His ministry on earth.


At first not everyone may understand the changes, but remember that love is patient. It takes time to shift our focus and our mindset from earthly distractions to eternal blessings. Two sisters, Mary and Martha, invited Jesus to their house for a meal. Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen intently to everything He said, but Martha was too busy in the kitchen to come out and listen.


When Martha complained, Jesus patiently and gently chided her that she was anxious and upset about trivial details. He reminded her that Mary had wisely chosen to set aside all distractions and focus on spending time listening to the Word. Unlike earthly things, the eternal gifts we receive from God can’t be taken away (Luke 10: 38-42). If the world is dragging you down, it may be time to set aside all distractions and embrace God’s Love right now.

— Taffi Dollar