Have you ever been in a relationship and those small but big moments happen? For instance the first time you hold each other’s hand. I remember holding my fiancée’s hand for the first time and it was amazing! A small gesture yet meaning so much! As the one initiating for her hand to grasp mine, so many things were going through my mind even before she responded. It’s in this simple moment that God revealed Christ love for me.
First of all, I’m not a very touchy person so holding hands is a huge step for me. Before deciding in my mind that I was going to hold her hand, I was wondering, “Would she respond to my gesture?” Emotionally, I felt like I a volcano was beginning to erupt inside of my heart because it was beating intensely. Excitement was as if it was running though my veins. I tried to keep a calm demeanor on the outside, but internally I was exploding with exuberance! Then finally….
I extended my open hand waiting for a response…
(Now this is from my perspective and how everything seemed to me)
At first glance she looked at my hand and her facial expression was, “Are you trying to give me something? Do you want me to look at something on your hand?” I didn’t know how to verbally say, I want to hold your hand, but she understood non-verbally what the extension of my hand meant. She gently placed her hand onto mine and our fingers locked. I felt a peaceful bliss and couldn’t stop smiling. We began to laugh as we held hands.
Now here is the revelation…
Everything I felt before the moment I initiated and to the moment she responded is how Christ Jesus feels about us. Christ desires a relationship with us. God is always initiating His love toward us. Will you respond? Christ’s hand is always stretching out to take you deeper into His love. Will you grab hold of it? God is saying, “Will you respond to what I’m initiating?”
John 15:9-10- As the Father loved Me (Christ Jesus), I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
The Hebrew word for love in this passage is ahava, which means A Giving Love. This same word ahava is found in (John 3:16-For God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son…). This giving love is also found in (Song of Solomon 8:6-7 and Proverbs 8:17). For this love to happen, there has to be a giver and a receiver.
“Giving is helping one another, but it’s much more than that, giving is a method that enable us to make a connection with another.” - Ahuva Bloomfield, Jewish Magazine
So God so loved the world, that He initiated an action by giving His only begotten Son. He gave because He desired to have an intimate relationship with me that shows the process of mutual giving and receiving. He gives His Spirit and I give myself away.
The Holy Spirit revealed that God is giving everything, He’s initiating and waiting for your response. Remain as the recipient of His initiating love. Let there be no other thing, no idol, no other lover that you receive love from more than Him. Remain in His love.
When I extend my hand to my fiancée, I waited for her response. My heart beating like a drum with gladness to see if she would place her hand in mine. As she did, it was a beautiful moment.
Even so Christ Jesus is extending His hand out and waiting for you to respond. It’s an extension of an amazing relationship. To go deeper, to grow deeper in love with Him. In a relationship that will never fail.
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