Thursday, July 30th

Thursday, July 30th

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:19-20

We are talking about "Delightful" words that contribute to our health and welfare as believers in Jesus Christ. Today we explore some of the most "Delightful" words of all. Think about all the times the message of Scripture has spoken to your spiritual ears and you have heard the "Delightful" words, "God Loves You!" Has it not been a glorious thing for you to enter into the reality that "God loves you?" As wonderful as it is, perhaps it's possible to go further than just being told, "God loves you." In Jeremiah 31:3, God says to us, "I have loved you with an everlasting love." In essence, this Scripture tells us that God has spoken the "Delightful" words, "I love you." Wow!

Picture a young man and a young woman named Mark and Mary. They are falling head over heals for each other and love is truly blossoming. When the message of Scripture speaks to your spiritual ears and you hear the "Delightful" words, "God Loves You," it is like a good friend of Mark saying to Mary, "Mark loves you." Mary is thrilled to hear these delightful words from Mark's friend. When you read the words above from Jeremiah, that in essence tell you God has spoken the "Delightful" words, "I love you," it is like Mark expressing his love to Mary in a letter. Mary is even more thrilled to hear these delightful words in writing from Mark.

But perhaps it's possible to go even further. Picture Mark and Mary in a setting of intimate dining. They are alone at a candlelit table for two with beautiful music playing in the background. They look into each other's eyes and they experience the love they have for each other. Then in the midst of an actual experience of love, Mark says directly to Mary those truly "Delightful" words, "I love you" and Mary does the same.

Our Ephesians passage speaks about actually experiencing the love of Christ. It is in communion with him that you experience his love more fully and completely than at any other time. In Revelation 3: 20 Jesus says,  "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and will dine with him, and he with Me." Jesus is not talking about him coming into your life (salvation) but about letting him come into your awareness within the inner sanctuary of your heart. It is Christ and you experiencing each other in the intimacy of prayerful communion (dining) with each other. It is in such intimate moments with Christ that he pours out his love for you to experience fully within the inner sanctuary of your heart. What an amazing way for Christ to say to you, "I love you!" And if you are quite still before him in the intimate moment of experiencing the depths of his love, you make even hear his "still small voice" whisper in your ear, "I love you."

Lord, I know you are able to accomplish infinitely more than I otherwise might have thought to ask or think. I am more than thinking about your love now and I am truly asking you to help me experience you and your love. Here I am, Lord. In the intimacy of prayerful communion with you, I surrender to your wonderful presence and love and say to you, "I love you."

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