Let the way God loves you show in the way you love others

I am moved by the song “How He Loves” every time I hear it. I first heard the song at church and ever since I let the words of the song just wash over me. I recently heard the David Crowder Band’s version on the radio. I think God is sending me a message each time I get in the car and it just “happens” to be playing. I think He is using this song to remind me of how real and how uncontainable His love is for me. I think He wants to remind you too.

The lyrics are just amazing:

He is jealous for me
Loves like a hurricane
I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy

And we are His portion and
He is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If His grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking
And Heaven meets Earth like an unforeseen kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest

I don’t have time to maintain these regrets When I think about, the way…

How would we live and serve and love differently if we believed this to the extent of the truth in it? How would our lives be different if we were willing to step out boldly knowing that this truth is unshaken by circumstances and feelings? How would we love and serve our family if we started each day being reminded of the immense and immeasurable love that God holds for each of us?

I know things would look different. I would come from a place of gratitude. I would want to serve and try to give back to others all of the love being poured out over me. I would be moved with the desire to share this unending powerful love with others. I would be more patient with my husband. I would listen more and talk less. I would be more concerned with serving and less concerned with being served. I would be so full of everything I need that if someone cut me off in traffic, if I were having a bad hair day, if my checking account was empty, even if my house burned down… I could not only handle these things but I could experience joy in the midst of them. I could take things in their proper perspective. I could share the hope and love of God with my smile, my attitude, my responses, and the way I love others.

Does the way He loves you show in the way you love others? I hope so. Because even if we can only manage to share a little bit of that kind of love. Even if we can only manage to grasp a small portion of the reality of His love, He can and will use that to make an eternal impact in the lives of others. I believe that impact starts at home in the way I relate to my husband, my daughter, and my dog. If I am sweet and kind to everyone I encounter when I leave my house and fail to show love within my home, I have failed. It is harder to show love to those we are closest to. After all, we are around them long enough to know pretty much everything that is wrong with them, right? But God knows everything wrong with me. He even knows the things wrong with me that I don’t know about yet, and yet He still loves me! And He loves your spouse and your children in spite of their weaknesses too.

I challenge you to ask yourself these two questions: 1) What’s keeping you from believing God loves you this much and 2) What’s preventing you from sharing this love with your family? Talk to Him about it. Journal about it. Forgive yourself when you fail miserably at it and just try and try again. Listen to this song over and over if you have to. Let the waves of His ocean wash over you. Then turn around and pour it back out on your family.

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