“Love is indefinite to most of us, we do not know what we mean when we talk about love. Love is the sovereign preference of one person for another, and spiritually Jesus demands that that preference be for Himself. (Luke 14:26). When the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost, Jesus is easily first; then we must practice the working out of these things mentioned by Peter. (“Add to your brotherliness…love.” 2 Peter 1:7)
The first thing God does is to knock pretense and the pious pose right out of me. The Holy Spirit reveals that God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so. Now, He says to me, “I will bring any number of people about you whom you cannot respect, and you must exhibit My love to them as I have exhibited to you.”…..
….The knowledge that God has loved me to the uttermost will send me forth into the world to love in the same way. God’s love to me is inexhaustible, and I must love others from the bedrock of God’s love to me. Growth in grace stops the moment I get huffed. I get huffed because I have a peculiar person to live with (Z: or who leads my country, or is threatening my country)… Just think how disagreeable I AM TO GOD! …
…Am I prepared to be so identified with the Lord Jesus that His life and His sweetness are being poured out all the time? Neither natural love nor Divine love will remain unless it is cultivated. Love is spontaneous, but it has to be maintained by discipline.” Oswald Chambers
Z: Are we prepared to love and pray for Obama? For Muslims? Muslims are coming to Christ in droves; there are many stories of seeing Christ in their dreams…….
Does our hate help or does praying for their hearts to change help?
Do we hate so much we can’t pray for them? Are our hearts so hard we refuse to love like God does? Would we feel like saps praying for people we abhor? All these questions come to my mind…I often pray that Muslims will become believers in Jesus, I pray Obama will change, for example.
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44
What are your thoughts on the writings I quoted from above and my questions?
Have a really blessed Sunday!
The words above, in quotes, are from MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST by Oswald Chambers. The date of that devotional is May 11.