Even on a hot day, jumping into a cold swimming pool can prove a shock to the system. Likewise it takes time for our bodies to adjust to a hot bath. We must become acclimatised before we enjoy the water.
When it comes to accepting the love of God, it can be a similar process. We might know in our heads that He loves us, but it can take a while to relax into this truth. To accept it wholeheartedly. Realising just how deep His passion for us goes, and that He has such amazing plans for us within this loving relationship, changes everything.
Lord, take me deeper so that I understand your life-altering love even more. May it continue to transform my heart and my actions towards others. May I wake up each morning knowing that nothing I do will make you love me more, and nothing I do will make you love me less. You are love, and can never be anything but. I choose to swim freely and openly in your loving, cleansing waters, all the days of my life.
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19)
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (I John 4:8)
I love the last part of Ephesians 3:19 “… and to know this love that surpassess knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of ALL the FULLNESS of God”. When we grow and discover the love of Christ or seek an initmate relationship with God, God doesn’t just give us a little bit of Him, but He floods our whole being with all of Him! You say it well, “Realising just how deep His passion for us goes, and that He has such amazing plans for us within this loving relationship, changes everything.” His love is beautiful!
Yes! I so love your thought of God flooding our whole being with all of Him 🙂 He sure is amazing 🙂 Thanks for dropping by to read and comment.
This is a great analogy, Ali.
Thank you Patti – I’m glad you liked it. God bless 🙂
Thank you, Ali, for sharing how it’s a process .. .a wonderful process . . .of accepting His great full love for us. Each day He shows us more and more, over and over, just how much He loves us. I am so blown away at His patience and enduring love!! God bless you and yours!
He is amazing in that way isn’t He Debbie! Ever-generous, and ever-enough to fill all our trembling glasses 🙂
These words are so true, Ali. And there have been many times I wished I had just acclimatized immediately! But God’s timing is perfect and He will take as long as needed to make us understand His love and then love like He does…Blessings my friend.
Yes – I have had a similar impatience when it comes to understanding and receiving the love of God. He sure will… that’s a wonderful truth to ponder… God bless, dear Sheila.
I love the analogy between getting used to water temperature and accepting God’s love. your prayer is beautiful, too.
Thank you Janna. Yes, I like that every time I slip into a hot bath or dive into a pool now I am reminded of God’s love 🙂
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