Heart of flesh63
By fred allen
G.K. Chesterton once wrote "Romance is the deepest thing in life. Romance is deeper even than reality. The power to live a life that is pleasing to God comes from the truth contained in Chestertons statement. Jesus summed up the law and the prophets in these two commands. Love the Lord with all your heart mind soul and strength. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
If we are to be successful in obeying these commands, there must be intense motivation that goes way beyond a sense of duty or obligation. It is crucial that we go back to the moment we first received God's grace and recapture the experience of that encounter. Remember the weight of guilt and sin that was lifted from us. The sense that we were accepted by a loving and kind God just as we were, for no reason other than His goodness in Christ.
Since that first wave of love that gently crashed upon the shore of our existense, how many more have we felt? Do we look at God as the cosmic book keeper that watches for our every mistake or transgression so He can punish us? Or do we truly beleive that He is the lover of our souls? Do we see Him as the one who keeps no record of our wrongs? I remember many times in life when I hurt people i loved and counted on their forgivness to restore our relationship. If they held my wrong doing against me, the effect it would have had would change the dynamic of how we interacted. There would always be a cloud hanging over our time together. In the same way God wants for us to enjoy His presence. We not only have to receive His forgiveness, we also have to forgive ourselves. Not excuse, forgive,but that is a topic for another time.
For us to truly enjoy the presence of our God, we must see that it is He who pursues us. Sweetly calling to us by name. Whispering words of love and acceptance. This is where the power to live a life pleasing to Him eminates from. When we see Him as the lover of our soul we are free to respond as lovers of God. His pure and spotless bride. As the Song of Songs states, I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine. From this understanding we will long to please Him by loving that which He loves.
You are moving in the right direction however -- which I believe is most pleasing to God, he is looking for those who will serve. Throughout biblical history God has used people to achieve his objectives. To serve God is to love God.
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