1 John 4:16 – We have come into an intimate experience with God’s love, and we trust in the love he has for us. God is love! Those who are living in love are living in God, and God lives through them.
“All you need is love”, was the mantra of the 1960’s. John Lennon was mouthing the heart and beliefs of a generation. Everyone knows that statement is true but there is obviously a huge problem. Just knowing a problem and deducing a solution doesn’t solve anything. Why is that? Its not our minds that need changing, its our heart. You can’t make your heart love something because it is the right thing to do. Love comes from God. Better yet, God is love. So that is the answer, God is love. He is the keeper and changer of hearts. Its having Christ inside of us and nurturing His love that we begin to touch the edge of the kind of love that we are to walk in. This love that flows to us from the Father changes everything. We begin to love God intensely and love and forgive our friends, even those who have sinned against us. Here is a quote from Jonathan Edwards about the uniqueness of heaven being characterized by God’s love.
“There is no enemy of God in heaven, but all love him as his children. They all are united with one mind to breathe forth their whole souls in love to their eternal Father, and to Jesus Christ, their common Head. Christ loves all his saints in heaven. His love flows out to his whole church there, and to every individual member of it; and they all with one heart and one soul, without any schism in the body, love their common Redeemer. Every heart is wedded to this spiritual husband. All rejoice in him, the angels concurring. And the angels and saints all love one another. All that glorious society are sincerely united. There is no secret or open enemy among them; not one heart but is full of love, nor one person who is not beloved. As they are all lovely, so all see each other’s loveliness with answerable delight and complacence. Everyone there loves every other inhabitant of heaven whom he sees, and so he is mutually beloved by everyone.”
Heaven is going to be quite a place. We may be walking with so many types of people there, enjoying what Christ has done in their lives. Drinking in God’s love, the precious Holy Spirit, as the very atmosphere that we breathe will help us to love “the least of these” on that great day.