HIS LOVE MADE PERFECT
AUTHOR - BILL TAYLOR
COPYRIGHT 2017 - BILL TAYLOR
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In And Through
John 4 - 12: “No one has ever seen God:
But if we love one another God lives in us and His love is made
complete ( perfect
) in us”.
book cover shows three hearts, the middle belonging to God with us
being the connected. How truly amazing it is when realized, we are by
God’s choosing, the imitators and reflectors of His heart toward
others. Amazing and intimidating, simultaneously! I love the trusted
privilege but the size of the task and the responsibility attached
can often cause a bead or two of sweat to form on my brow! You see I
know me. I know my limitations. Left to myself, this high
calling within its daunting context would
seem impossible. The good news: I’m
not left to myself!
find it interesting that our scripture states: God’s love is made
complete ( perfect
) in us. Well, it being God’s love that’s referred to, it’s
already perfect, so how can perfect
become more so?
we could think of it on these terms: If I build a “perfect” house
but don’t move in, it hasn’t achieved its desired result of being
used and enjoyed. The house is still perfect but its lack of
occupancy leaves it “incomplete”. In fact, somewhat wasted! You
see, the goal wasn’t so much to build a perfect house but rather
live in a perfect house! And so it is with God’s love. While being
perfect it isn’t made complete without our participation and
co-operation. His plan has always been to love His creation through
His creation. “For God so loved the
world”. The whole world!
to our good news: It’s not our love on
display but rather His, in and through us. God desires to love YOU
using His love
through ME! Pretty awesome when you think about it!
Getting Out Of The
15 - 4 & 5: “Remain in Me as I also
remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself: It must remain in
the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me. I am
the Vine, you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you
will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing”.
is the last time you walked by an orchard or vineyard and heard the
sounds of branches grunting and groaning to produce fruit? They are
both very quiet places while producing much. The branches,
understanding their pre-destined role in the grand scheme of things,
simply draw from their source of necessary nutrients and bear fruit
without effort. What they bare, the world gets to share! But the
question is: Who is actually responsible for the fruit. The Vine!
metaphor that Jesus uses in John, is seldom taught in association
with loving one another and yet is perfectly applicable. In the same
book of John, the same chapter, and on the same theme:
15 - 8 > 12: “This is my Father’s
glory that you bear much fruit showing yourselves to be my disciples.
As the Father has loved Me so have I loved you. Now remain in My
love. 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. I have
told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be
complete. My command
is this: Love each other as
I have loved you”.
key to having this divinely inspired love for others as our new
natural is our connectivity
factor to the Source which
includes US getting out of the way and letting HIM flow through us.
As written in previous books but worth repeating: It’s the superior
replacing the inferior!
13 - 35: “By this everyone will know
that you are My disciples, if you love one another”.
will this love
make us identifiable as His? Because this
love spoken of is radically different as
is reflective of its radically different Supplier! We as branches do
not represent ourselves but rather our magnificent Vine, Jesus. Let’s
face it, it’s His love not ours that we are called to bear!
magnificent love that selflessly displayed itself ever so vividly on
a cross! “For God so
world that He gave His only begotten Son”.
There’s really only one remaining question to the completion of the
equation: Will we “so
as we’ve been loved by God?
Can You Imagine
you imagine living life with different eyes. Eyes that have been
transformed by heaven to only see as God sees! Wow, that would be
transcendently amazing! I want those eyes! I believe I’m supposed
to have those eyes! I also
believe Jesus had those eyes.
mentioned the cross. I’m convinced if I so desire, Jesus will give
me His sight
to see others as He saw them that day. I believe that wherever I go,
God’s indwelling Spirit can help me see the person standing next to
me as “one” who Jesus knew by name that day and declared: This is
for you! I believe “that kind of sight” makes loving others a
previously mentioned: That would be in my opinion, transcendently
amazing! To have God’s love blind me to the obvious and reveal to
me the glorious in each and every person I meet, is my desire. You
see I have a hidden motive. That revelation reminds me of how much I
am truly loved by God! Folks, it’s in my best interest! It’s not
sacrificial its beneficial!
I share a little real life story to enhance “the point”. Have you
ever had one of those nasty mornings when ”the cloud” is
introduced to you first thing as your eyes open. You don’t know
where it came from but it’s most certainly there. Such was the case
recently, so I went through my high volume, cloud removal, ‘’thank
you’s” to God for the day followed
with equally high volume singing of my great Lord’s praises. While
being slightly helpful, I do believe I heard “the cloud” laughing
at me, un-intimidated by my behavior. So what to do, I thought. I
didn’t want to waste my entire day with this uninvited, cloud
hovering over my heart.
was time to bring out the heavy artillery!
LOVE! So I prayed: “God I’m getting
really annoyed with this cloud, so I’m getting dressed and going
for a walk to the grocery store. If You would kindly orchestrate me
meeting a perfect stranger to “love on’’ with your love, I’d
appreciate it. If You could see your way clear to make it a lady that
would even be better”.
my prayer went something like that but you get the idea! I already
had learned: When you least feel like doing it, is when you most need
to do it! My Lord’s cross taught me that!
interesting, when you pray like that you are in ‘’eyes wide open”
status to see the answer. And there she was in all her glory,
standing directly behind me in the check-out line! Thank You Lord!
magnificently beautiful brown skinned lady of about eighty years of
age wearing a perfume that was absolutely intoxicating. She had eyes
full of life as if being unaware of her number of years spent on
leaned over ever so gently with a hand on her shoulder and asked if
she would allow me the privilege of paying for her groceries. She
agreed with thanks, I did, and the cloud disappeared!
you might think or no more than coincidence perhaps. Well, consider
this: It could have been a two hundred and fifty pound man behind me
thus putting my one hundred and thirty pound frame in serious
I was specific when I prayed and God delivered a lady! And not to
forget: The cloud did vanish! It would seem clouds aren’t
comfortable around God’s love in action. The bible states clearly
that “God is love” and I truly believe He honors those who choose
to love by answering their silly prayers!
also delivers “humor” at times: The cashier asked me if I would
mind waiting for her shift to end. Evidently she needed to pick up a
has made it that “loving’’ is the antidote for many of our
emotional ills. It’s very high on His list of priorities and
rewarded as such. But it all comes back to our Vine Jesus who imparts
sight to us branches enabling us to see others as being made in God’s
own image and reacting to them accordingly. They are all valuable in
His sight which should be our sight!
and through”. If it’s only “in” then the purpose is defeated.
May both be obviously present in my life Lord Jesus, thus making Your
love complete and perfect in me.
while listening to one of my favorite communicators Louie Giglio, he
paraphrased this scripture from Ephesians
5 - 13: “Do not get drunk on wine which
leads to debauchery. Instead be
filled with the Spirit”. Louie’s
paraphrase: Be under the influence of
the right influence.
doing so, life has a certain tangible and recognizable ‘’flow”
of being obviously pre-planned and pre-ordained by God. Who’s to
say what my new lady friend was dealing with in her own personal
life. Who’s to say if she may have also had a cloud hovering over
her heart that God wanted removed. Perhaps my cloud was imparted to
me by God to get me out of my home and into that grocery store. I
know this; She left with a wonderful smile. Perhaps she needed to
know she was loved and noticed as being important!
there’s nothing more spectacular that seeing God love another
through you. If you’ve never tried it I would strongly suggest you
do. In time it becomes addictive behavior in the best of ways!
Walking “under the influence of the right influence” in love, is
an incredible lifestyle.
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