The Greatest Love
I haven’t been writing much this last week but I have been in continuous prayer as I have felt more grace than I have ever known to be possible. I wasn’t in complete understanding of what grace actually “felt” like, the word was something I had learned to define but not feel. It reminds me of the word “love” words get thrown around so much in society that they aren’t felt as much as they are defined to be. Again I bring forth a song and it’s lyrics as it has so much meaning to it when you are so intimate with the Lord and you know how to feel what He so graciously gives you. “The greatest love that anyone could ever know, That overcame the cross and grave to find my soul, And’ til I see you face to face and grace amazing takes me home, I’ll trust in you…”
One person in my life has always filled me so full of anger and I would tense right up at the very sound of their name. I could not overcome this no matter how hard I tried. It had been months since I had even been around this person and I finally made the choice to see if I could go be around this person and see what the outcome would be, it was not easy for me at all. I knew though that I had Christ with me, the Holy Spirit and God, they three very most important to have with you always, because as the Bible states “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”” Hebrews 13:5 – What a very powerful scripture. Think about those words and just meditate on them for a moment…
“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” is that not grace? This is God’s voice speaking to us, a voice of His promises to us. God speaks to us so that we will speak to Him, whether it is in prayer, in dreams, or throughout the day when you speak to him. When God speaks to us we have to accept what He says with full confidence in Him. “You are the voice that calls the universe to be, You are the whisper in my heart that speaks to me, And 'til I see You face to face and grace amazing takes me home, I'll trust in you” He is so loving and full of grace. I actually though that feeling grace was feeling the “comforting love” that you feel when you pray and you feel the Holy Spirit all around you, sadly I was wrong. I found what grace was at the turn of the year. I was able to overcome years of anger with a family member and I was able to take myself to that person and engage in a conversation, hang out, and watch tv, then go to dinner the next day never once feeling anger, never once having a single bad thought! I was content and happy, it seemed like the past was gone. I had prayed before going that God please protect me from any evil that may be thrown at me and to keep me in His arms. I was basically sitting there with armor all around me, yet I didn’t realize it until the next day when I was talking to someone about it and they said that’s grace. Wow, it really was!
I have had some encounters with people over the last two weeks and some of them were not very good, but each time that I was “attacked” I never once got angry. I immediately thought to myself, God please help this person. Please help this person, I didn’t engage in the anger, I thought of God and remained peaceful through it all. That is grace and that is being “content with such things as you have” I have God, Christ and the Holy Spirit with me always, how did I not see that before? I suppose that since I have been praying for God to show me my areas of weakness and help me to make them a strong point that He is working inside my heart showing me what it is like to be humble and graceful. I love the feeling, I feel so relaxed about everything, it is what Jesus would have done, and I believe that God is showing me what that is like. The Lord holds you up, always “If I say, “My foot slips,” Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up” Psalm 94:18.
I was driving recently to pick my daughter up from an after school event and I was going along close to 60mph and a deer jumped right in front of me, I am not saying in the distance I am saying right in front of me. There was no time at all to react, not even enough time to put my foot on the brake pedal. The split second I saw it I thought, I’m done…I can’t explain this but can say it, it seemed as though time slowed down for that moment, that deer was going to go through my windshield there was no doubt about that, I was going to crash and either end up in ICU or die, in that moment the time slowed down the deer was so close I could see the hair texture and somehow, someway that deer passed in front of me and the back feet knicked my bumper and I was breathless. I slowed to a stop, I could not believe that had just happened, how could that have happened! There was no way that deer did that and I was OK, now way at all, I started immediately praying and praising God for saving me, there was no way I would have survived that, it was God’s GRACE and MERCY that saved me, there are no coincidences when it comes to the work of God in a situation like that, how was it that for that moment everything seemed to slow right down, it was the hand of God. He watches over us always and this testimony is purely for the GLORY of GOD!
God will never forsake us, when Jesus was on the cross He took that for us. One of Jesus’ last words were “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Mark 15:34. God makes promises all throughout the New Testament and what is even more fulfilling is knowing that testament means covenant which ultimately means promise. So when we move forward and view the New Testament we need to remember that it is God’s promises for all of us, till “grace amazing takes us home” I know that the closer I become to God, Christ and the Holy Spirit, the more intimate my relationship becomes with them, the more love that surrounds me the more grace I feel and the more love I have for the Lord and His people, believers and unbelievers, sinners and mockers – My promise to the Lord is this – “I will live to love you, I will live to bring you praise, I will live a child in awe of you” Amen