A few years ago I started a series of blog posts called “How to let the Lord love you.” However, soon after starting this series I took a break from blogging, so I never actually completed the series. Now that I have started blogging again, three people that I know are on a journey of learning to let the Lord love them, so I thought it would be a good time to add some thoughts to the topic.
In the previous post I dealt with learning how to ask the Lord to love us in the ways that we desire to enjoy His love. In this post I would like to discuss the importance of “faith” when it comes to letting the Lord’s love in.
The first thing we need to understand about the Lord’s love is that it is a reality whether we experience it or not. God is love (1 John 4:8). So His love towards us is not based on how He feels today. It is who He is. Thus, for His love towards us to end, He would have to end, and as I’m sure we all know, that is not possible.
What does change however is the degree to which we experience His love. And that is determined by our faith.
Faith is required to enter into or receive anything from God.
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:7-8)
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
Jesus also portrayed this aspect of relating to God during his earthly ministry. His miracles were generally a response to the faith of the people who came to him to be healed. He would often comment on their level of faith or ask them why they lacked faith. Much of his teaching towards the disciples was also based on encouraging them to have faith. Jesus taught us clearly that the degree to which we believe is the degree to which we will receive… (#cliche, but true)
According to Paul we have been blessed in Christ with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Eph 1:3). That includes grace, and mercy, and strength, and courage, and endurance, and kindness, and longsuffering, and boldness, and peace, and righteousness, and holiness, and the list is endless. Everything that is true of God is available to us in Christ. We have been given all these wonderful spiritual realities in Christ when we received Him. And for that reason we can enter into and experience them in increasing measures as we allow the Lord to grow in us…. as we allow him to permeate our being with the character and nature of God. We can be transformed by all these realities as we open to the Lord and appropriate them by faith.
And of course, this is also true for LOVE. I would say, that love is the foundation of all these realities. Love is the greatest of all the gifts (1 Cor 13). Without love, the other gifts don’t really make sense and don’t really function effectively. Love is the pinnacle of God’s person. But just like all the other aspects that are in Him, we need faith to enter into, experience, and enjoy it. But how do we do that?
“Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Rom 10:17).
Faith is enabled in us when we HEAR the truth. But not just by our physical ears, but in our spirits. That is why the scripture says we need to hear through the word of Christ. We hear the truth in our hearts when the Lord Jesus himself speaks to our inner person. It is only through His words that faith comes….
This inward speaking can come as a result of many different things. Sometimes it is through reading the bible, or hearing a testimony, or reading a book, or meditating on the truth, and so forth. But generally it comes as a result of engaging intentionally with the truth. Opening our hearts to receive the truth and allowing ourselves to take an inward posture of letting the Lord speak to us. If our hearts are truly open to the truth and we even seek the Lord’s inward speaking, then He will speak to us in such a way that produces faith and enables us to believe.
If you are ready to allow the Lord to fill you with faith to believe into and experience His love, then I would recommend that you posture your heart to receive that and ask the Lord to lead you to the truths that He wants you to receive. These may come from books about His love, reading the scriptures that talk about His love, spending time with brothers and sisters that will love you and minister His love to you, listening to and meditating on music that speaks about His love, and so on. There are so many ways in which you can grow in His love. Just let him take you on a journey of receiving and enjoying His love. He is the master at wooing our hearts. If you let Him, He will truly sweep you off your feet. 🙂
If you have heard the inward speaking from the Lord Jesus and gained faith to believe into and experience God’s love, please share about it in the comment section below.
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