Jul
11

Where Love is Enthroned

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To be truly loved is to experience being known and accepted by another. This love, while accepting you where you are, also invites you to become all you are created to be.

The human heart was created to live in a perpetual state of love and acceptance. With the fall of mankind came sin and when sin entered, so did also the failure of relationships. From the initial moments of Adam and Eve’s blaming and hiding until the moment of time in which we live, humans have struggled to know true love and acceptance, both with God and with others.

Yet  God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, (Ephesians 2:4) has done everything necessary for us to find this true love and acceptance through the gift of His Son, Jesus.

The problem with finding this love and acceptance exists in our hearts and minds. Knowing we fall so far short of being all we could be, we struggle with our humanity. We often wrestle to accept our own selves and find it difficult to accept the love and acceptance of God and others. We stumble around in darkness of our human efforts and fail to experience the transforming love that God offers.

And yet it is this very love, this transforming love, which heals our hearts and makes it possible for us to know the depths of love in our relationships!

It seems there must be so much for us to do in order to gain the right to experience this love! But we are told that it is in truth, simple. It is this simplicity of the Gospel that offends us. Surely we must work for this love and yet God tells us that we are simply to receive it and allow it to change the way we think, act, feel, and believe.

It is truly like a tiny mustard seed that is simply received into the ground and eventually becomes a great tree, both beautiful and useful.

How do we overcome the brokenness of our hearts and the mindsets that keep us bound?

It is in coming to the place where love is enthroned.

Hebrews 4:16 tells us that, “So now we come freely and boldly to where love is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness,” (The Passion Translation).

This throne is the place where Christ sits, resurrected. This throne is the place of glory.

But most of us would feel uncomfortable in a throne room, right? Unworthy? Of the wrong blood line?  Unequipped for such a royal place.

And thus we are without Christ, but with him, we are accepted. Worthy. Of a royal lineage. Equipped.

When we know that we have the right to receive mercy’s kiss, we can allow the love of Christ to transform us. We can rest in his finished work. We can receive love. And that love changes the way we do life. It is an active force and just like the mustard seed, it grows and receives strength. It changes our mindset so that we no longer have to focus on ourselves and our failures and weaknesses, but we can focus on the one who will strengthen us. We can freely and boldly live where love is enthroned, being constantly kissed with his mercy.

You can enter that throne room now. Simply fix your eyes on Jesus. Open your heart to receive his love. Ask for his kiss of mercy. Discover the grace he offers. Come freely and boldly to the place where you are loved and accepted and invited to become all he has designed. Allow him to do all he longs to do. The end result is a life lived gloriously free, wildly abandoned to the greatest lover of all. The one who knows all about you and yet completely loves you and commits to meeting you where you are and taking you on the greatest adventure of all, the transformation of your heart and soul.

Will you enter now?

the one my soul loves

 

 

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