We love because, He first loved us. 1 John 4:19
How can we love? Not by looking at anything we can do, in fact don’t even be concerned with how. Instead, focus on Him— His love for us. When I genuinely focus on how much Jesus loves me and the way he demonstrated His love to me, love will come as an outpouring that He brings forth in me.
Psalm 37:4-6 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.”
I’d like to stop and look at this scripture closely. We do have key words that have promised results.
Delight! Get into His company, sit at His feet, learn of Him. We will find our desires begin to reflect His. Our heart’s desires begin to transform. We begin to desire the things we didn’t before and we let go of the things we once held tightly; all because He first loved us and we acknowledged and confessed this love. Christ’s love is brought forth in us.
Commit! Transfer your way to God’s way. Hold nothing back. Are you clinging to anything of your own? What have you not committed to God that may be holding you back from experiencing His love more deeply, and more abundantly? Is there a fear you are holding on to? Is there a resentment in your life? Was there a past wound that you are holding onto and you are saying “you can have all Lord, but that. I’d like my own way in this area, I know best.” Are you clinging to your intellect? your possessions? your health? your comfort? your pride? your status? man’s approval? The gifts God gave you? When He says “Commit” He means EVERYTHING!
Trust Him! We are in His company, and we have laid it all at His feet transferring our ways to His ways. Trust Him. “Faith looks away from itself to the object of faith, even to Christ” SpurgeonBy keeping our eyes on Him, our faith grows, not by looking at faith itself. We can’t look at faith itself. When Peter stepped out of the boat, as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus he was able to walk without sinking, but as soon as he took his eyes off of him and started looking at himself and his circumstances, he began to sink.
He will bring forth! When we delight, commit and trust in Him, He will bring forth. I want to stop there, because He is the one that compels, He is the one that enables, He is the one who brings forth, not me. What will He bring forth? My righteousness because, I am covered in His righteousness and it becomes my righteousness. He will bring forth His light in me so that I can shine for His glory. Our acts of righteousness are a direct result of His bringing it forth in me. I will find that my love for God and others will be a direct outpouring of Him bringing it forth. I love because He first loved me. Hosea 10:12 says, “Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in steadfast love.”
Do you know this love that Jesus has for you? There is nothing you can do to earn it. You could never do enough. Our own righteousness is as filthy rags. Even though you were far off. Even though you were alienated from Him. Even though your heart rejected Him. Even though you rebelled. All have gone astray, everyone has turned to his own way (Isaiah 53:6). Out of love, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). He gave us a way back into relationship with Him, by His sacrifice on the cross. He took our sins upon Himself and paid our debt so that we could be rescued from the judgment of God. We now are free in Him and have peace with God. This is a free gift. Do you acknowledge and confess this gift?
God brings forth life and love.(John 11:25-26)Sin brings forth death.(James 1:15)
We were dead in our sins, BUT GOD! God in His great love for us made us alive (Ephesains 2:1-10). We were dead and He brought us forth out of death. He removes our heart of stone, and says, “Come forth” We can then give glory to God, I was once dead, but now I am alive! I am set free from death! Read the story of Lazarus( John 11)
He will bring forth!
Let us simply, acknowledge and confess Jesus as Lord of all. Delight, commit and trust in Him all for the glory of God alone! To Him be praised!