I’m sitting on my patio as the cool morning breeze dances across the sky. Isn’t it neat how one word can make our minds think differently? How many of us focused on the word “dance” in the last sentence and what kind of thought did this put in our minds? Can we visualize the breeze dancing through the sky, through the trees, dodging the leaves? The breeze blows, the breeze dances, it’s doing the same thing yet it sounds so different. We have put labels on words, however when we open our minds to understanding that the meaning can possibly be so much more than we first see, perceptions change.
The Bible is called the “living word” but why is this? So many people argue over the meaning of this book, and it can be found in so many translations which can alter the meaning quite a bit. So, how do we go about reading it and understanding it? They are just a bunch of words in a book, that people wrote years and years ago, aren’t they? What I have found is that these words give life to my heart and provide an understanding to life, about God, about others, about ourselves, about any circumstance that we could imagine and then some. All of the answers to life’s questions are found in this book. Today we are going to focus on one verse, found in John 15:10 NIV –
“If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His love.”
“Good morning Father,
Open the eyes of our hearts today, to see the meaning that you have in these words for us. Lead me as I meditate on your word and share with others what you share with me. I ask that your word penetrate our minds and saturate our hearts preparing us to receive all that you have planned for our lives. May your words transform us into the ones that you created us to be. We were made in your image yet this world has covered up our true identities. Help us find ourselves, by finding you. In Jesus’ sweet name I pray.
How do we remain in the love of Jesus? First, we must know the love of Jesus. The word “love” is used so much in our world, yet it has lost it’s true meaning. The love of Jesus, is something that we don’t see as much as we could see. It’s here, but it’s like a buried treasure, just waiting to be found. It’s everywhere. We walk around with blindfolds covering the eyes of our hearts and that’s why we don’t see it. It’s more than a feeling, yet we feel it. It gives life to our souls while killing the humanness that sometimes hold us back from seeing, from experiencing this perfect love. We search for it, out there, when all along it’s inside of us. We even turn to religion and try to be a better person and earn our way to Heaven, when we can’t, really. We can try to love others, when inside we kind of judge them anyway, what is this doing to our hearts? How do we keep His command to love? Truly? I ask God to show me the answers to these questions because they are questions that I’ve asked over and over again? I’m learning, kind of. But there’s still so much to unpack here. Again, it’s one verse, one command to remain in His love and He even tells us how, by keeping His commands and He has even done the same, kept His father’s commands and remained in His love. So, why is it so confusing and so difficult? Am I the only one that feels this way? He tells me that what our minds are filled with directs the course of our hearts and what we focus on helps us see. When we search for His love like the buried treasure that it is, once it’s found a relationship begins. As we walk with Him, He begins to romance our hearts. When life gets tough, He holds our hand and walks with us. When life is great, He’s there too to celebrate the joy that we have found. When tears fall, He comforts us and wraps His strong, gentle arms around our entire being and a peace floods our souls. He is our strength, our friend, our Savior, and the one who fills our hearts with EVERYTHING good! When we receive all of this, then we are truly remaining in His love and we can’t help but keep His commands because it becomes our hearts desire. We change from the inside out, not the other way around. So when we live in His love we can begin to view life through His eyes and it becomes a BEAUTIFUL view.