Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Love Like None Other

Where has the time gone? We are on the third to the last chapter of An Untroubled Heart. Chapter 10 is "Love of a Father".

What greater display of human love than the disciplinary moment Micca described between her three year old son and her husband Pat. Mitch was angry, hurt, scared and yelled "you're not my dad." I can imagine Pat's hurt as he did not biologically parent Mitch. Yet, Pat responded with such love and grace. "You can hate me if you want, but I will always love you. You're my son. I will never leave you." He mimicked the words of our Heavenly Father. Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5b "A true dad also cares enough to discipline his son." That is exactly what Pat was doing with Mitch. That is exactly what God does with us. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes everyone He accepts as a son." Hebrews 12:5-6

Micca reaffirms that we should "be confident that nothing can snatch us away from Him [God]." For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 Not death. Not life. Not angels. Not demons. Not present. Not future. Not powers. Not height. Not depth. Not anything.

I don't struggle so much with this but rather fighting to not base His love on what He does. My heart and flesh try to measure His love by how He answers my godly desires. I know He loves me despite my sins and mistakes; however, I can still feel shameful that those actions disappointed Him at one time.

"We let our affection for God grow dim when we experience unexpected troubles or sorrows." Guilty. g.u.i.l.t.y. Write it across my forehead. Put a letter G on my chest. That is me. I am. Hand raised. Head nodding.

I have adamantly expressed that I believe whole heartedly the Christian life is characterized by trials. We are never "free" of them. None of us are exempt. Christ Himself suffered trials and temptations and burdens. There is scripture after scripture after scripture to substantiate this.

John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.
1 Thessalonians 3:3
So that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.
James 1:2
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.
1 Peter 1:6
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
2 Thessalonians 1:4
Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

Despite this, we can still surmise that during those times God has taken His hand off us and we question His love. We doubt His concern for us. We doubt His involvement in the details. We doubt His presence in our lives. Yet..."God, and what He allows into our lives, is motivated by one thing: love." Grasp that. I must. I must stop and believe that He's allowed the worst pain in the depths of my heart and soul because of His love. Love for me. That is His only motivation. That does bring me comfort in the oddest of ways because I know He would only allow this if He could and will make good from it.

Through each hurdle, each stride, each triumph, God is shaping my character. He is strengthening my faith. His goal is a transformed heart. A transformed life. A transformed character. I believe in that. I trust in that when I continue to ask: Why God? When God? How long God? I know each moment, each day, each trial, each hurdle, He is transforming me into His likeness. He is using my brokenness and transforming it into His beauty.

"But broken is always the right place to be when we're reaching out for Christ's love and forgiveness." Let me be broken if it means enveloping His love, like none other.

Soaking up the Father's Love,

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Sharon said...

Soaking, yes thats been me for the last couple of weeks, working out~side it's been so nice.... Now I have started a garden and it's even better, So exciting. You know even I asked that question in my last post, but I know, know that he loves me and in all I do he continues to love me..

But onething I am learning though is~~"Example"

Example,Example who is the Example!
This is something I am working on. This is what the Lord is working on, on me. hahahaha
I'm Learning!! I am so enjoying this time with him.. Praissse his Holy Name!!

Blessings my friend

Pam said...

amen. sounds so simple, too bad it isn't! huh!!!

Pat said...

Blessings Paula....Your "soaking" is obvious!

Laura said...

This sounds like such a good chapter. :(

I told Lelia today that I guess I am a Bible study dropout. Life is just too crazy, and I don't want to rubber stamp this book.

I am enjoying reading your thoughts. I think about you so very often, even though I am not much in bloggy land lately.

Still praying for your hearts desire...

Tina said...


Let me be broken if it means enveloping His love, like none other.

Not an easy thing to be (broken) but so worth the end result.

In Him,

Natalie said...

I'm just now catching up on my blog reading. I always find a blessing when visiting your space. Thank you.

Terra said...

I am ejoying your blog, and want to share that I adore sweet peas; so pretty and so fragrant.
Keep writing.

On Purpose said...

Paula...have a terrific weekend!

Pastora Debbie said...

I am visiting your blog for the first time.
I have not read the book but was ruly touched by this post

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great post...

I am posting on our Disney trip so hope you will stop by. Also, the June giveaway starts today...all comments left in June will be in the drawing for the "June Card Box"! You will have to go down a few posts to read about the monthly giveaway.


Abba's Girl said...

He lavishes His love on's so sad when I meet people who have an unhealthy image of a father and as a result transfer that image to our Heavenly Father. Beautiful post.

andi said...

I think of you with 2 Thes.!!!! :) Thanks for sharing your heart!

Me again said...

Sorry...had a root canal today, think it affected my brain a little. It was "Walking by Faith" obviously not what I wrote before.
Blessings ~