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Our greatest successes and failures hinge upon God’s love.
I know you know of the story of the Last Supper. You can read it in John 13.
During this time it was important to know that in some homes, slaves and servants washed the feet of the residents.
At the Last Supper Jesus was washing the feet of the disciples. When it was Peter’s turn, Peter asked Jesus if he was going to wash his feet. When Jesus affirmed his plan to do so, Peter tries to micromanage God’s love by saying, “THOU SHALT NEVER WASH MY FEET.”
Peter felt that it was beneath Jesus to be washing people’s feet. He was Rabbi, Master, Messiah. Feet washing was for the slaves and servants. For that reason, Peter was refusing this act of love. He was doing so because he did not understand.
And you know, we do it too. We say things like,
“God you can love me if I do good. But you can’t possibly love me if I sin, or if I rebel, or if I don’t tithe or if I don’t go to church.” Etc.
There is an adversary who wants you to put IF’s before God’s love. However, with God’s love, there are no IF’s.
His love is perfect. Accept his love.
Have you ever witnessed someone receiving a hug when they really did not want one? For instance, when Aunt Ruth, comes to give you a hug, your body might stiffen a bit, you might turn your head to the side and cringe while she is hugging you.
That is what we are doing when we attempt to limit God’s love.
On the other hand, have you ever had a hug that was warm, comfortable and comforting that you just melt into? That is my analogue to God’s love.
Let me remind you of what Jesus said in John 15:4, “Abide in me.”
Accept his love. All of it.
Take all of his love and give him all of you.
Melt into his hug..
God’s love is perfect.
There is nothing you can do to make him love you more.
And there is nothing you can do to make him love you less.
He just loves you. Right here, right now.