For many of us we can receive a gift or compliment with gratitude, be happy about it, and move on. There are others who don’t know how to take such gestures, so they just silently (or perhaps verbally) reject them and move on. I will tell you that I am one of those people who falls into the category of finding it difficult to accept a gift or compliment simply because I don’t feel deemed worthy enough to accept. This person did a very nice thing for me. Why can’t I just say thank you and accept? What about when it comes to the love of God. Do we ever have a hard time receiving His love? Do we even know when we reject or accept it?
I feel like we know how to give our love to God more than we know how to receive it. Perhaps that’s just me. But if you think about it, we can’t love, unless we know what love is, and have accepted it into our heart. 1 John 4:8-9 states, “The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.” HCSB So when we accept Yeshua into our life, we are accepting love because He is love. All of the promises of God, all of the blessings and commandments are acts of love. 1 John 5:2-3, “This is how we know that we love God’s children when we love God and obey His commands. For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden,”. He gave those commands to us to keep so that we are protected and kept from harm’s way. It is an act of love for us so we can stay pure and holy in His sight. And in return, if we follow those commandments, we are showing God our love for Him. So in a way, when we follow the commandments, we by default accept God’s love. For example, a parent makes certain rules/regulations for their children to follow by so they don’t get hurt. If those children abide by the rules, they are accepting the “unseen love” that they will later appreciate. They will later understand that those rules (or commands) were put into place purely out of love and protection.
So one way to receive God’s love is to simply follow what He says; obey His commandments. Strange concept, but it’s a beautiful picture. Another way to accept the love of God is an easy, five letter word. Can you guess? It’s faith! There are times when we simply will not understand God or His love. We can’t comprehend Him; He is beyond our understanding. So a lot of times we have to take what He says to heart, and apply a little faith. When God promises not to harm us but to give us a hope and future (Jer. 29:11), how can we receive that blessing of love if we are going through a living flame of fire? We simply have to believe and pray by faith to receive the promises of God. Those are promises of His love, and gifts of His Spirit. They are not to be rejected, but rather taken in by faith. We don’t have to understand why He loved us so much that He sent His one and only Son to die on our behalf (John 3:16). We don’t have to comprehend how we are projected valuable and worthy enough to even receive His love. We just have to trust that we deserve His love, no matter what we’ve been through. We have to believe that His love will never fail, nor give up. Learn the beauty of receiving God’s love and how effective it can be to your life. Recognize that His love protects, honors, cherishes, and gives grace. It’s the most beautiful kind of love that anyone could receive.
I encourage you to listen to this song, even if you’ve heard it before. One thing will always remain: His love.