“May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.” (2 Thessalonians 3:5)
This is Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonian church in a letter which encourages them not to veer from the truth.
They, like us, are on a path of faith which takes them down many puzzling detours. We don’t always know why things happen the way they do, but if we’re to ‘stay the path’ in life, we need hearts strengthened by love.
I like the thought of asking God to ‘direct my heart’ into his love. We so often allow people and things other than God to erect road signs on our highway. These deafening voices can stop us from hearing God – from receiving his love and grace. But we must fight against the lies and detours if we’re to keep moving forward in life. We must seek his wisdom for friends, study and work, and allow God to direct our hearts into his ever-flowing river. We must choose to surrender to him alone…
And we must know this – that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38)
Nothing can take his love away.
The second part of the verse talks about the perseverance of Christ. And we cannot persevere, or be patient with our journey, without love. It’s his love that keeps us travelling well. It’s his love that reminds us we’re never alone. And it’s his love that promises an eternity with him at the end of this long and winding road.
So today I choose to wade into the love that’s available to me. Not because of anything I’ve done, but because of everything he’s already done. I’m so glad it’s not up to me. I’m so glad it’s unconditional, because I fall so short of his perfect standard. I’m so grateful I serve a God who, because of his son’s death on the cross and resurrection, overlooks my flaws and sees instead his work of grace in me.
This day I choose to stay the path, embrace the journey, and accept the love.
That is a wonderful thought, Ali. Thank you:)
And we cannot persevere, or be patient with our journey, without love.
AMEN…it is ALL about the LOVE…a never ending life lesson for sure. Have a wonderful weekend, Ali. Blessings…
Amen Sheila – thank you for reading. May we keep travelling in that all-sustaining love all our lives 🙂
A wonderful post. “His love keeps us traveling well.” Something to ponder … if there’s nothing I can do to diminish His love for me as His child, what did I do to gain His love for me?
Thanks Richard. Thanks for the thought… It doesn’t get much more complicated than ‘repent and believe in Jesus’ :-)The Christian life, wouldn’t you say, is largely about receiving His free gift of love, and loving others in His strength and power.
May we all join you…
Amen! Thanks for dropping by Patti.
Your last paragraph sums it up well. His unconditional love is amazing. If promised such a thing in human relationships, we’d immediately be searching for the catch. And that’s what is so special about God’s love- there are no strings.
Beautifully said Janna. We sure serve an extravagant God don’t we! We just have to simply wade into the wealth of love that he offers 🙂
I absolutely love this! Yay!
I’m so glad!! Thank you and God bless you as you receive his no-strings-attached love today 🙂