How Can We Feel God’s Love?
God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given usRomans 5:5
Throughout the Word we’re told of God’s perfect love for us, especially through the sacrifice of his Son for our sins. We also know of God’s love through his blessings, his care, his forgiveness, and through the life of Jesus. Without a doubt we know that God loves us more than we can imagine, but can we actually feel God’s love?
In this life we can feel love for our spouses through our words, our actions, and our hearts of affection. We feel love from the other person and we, in turn, feel love for that person. Can we feel God’s love through the divine love and power of the Spirit when we reflect his love to others?
When we help and minister to people, our Christian brothers and sisters, and to lost souls in the world, our hearts change as we come to know the Lord. We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. (1 John 2:3) When we minister to the world guided by the Holy Spirit we can identify with Jesus’ ministry which drives us closer to the Lord and makes us more dependent on him. We cry out to the Lord for guidance to help a lost soul and we cry in sorrow when a soul rejects Christ. Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (1 John 2:6)
When our lives are modeled after Jesus, his love flows through us to others. We feel his love poured out by the Spirit to the people to whom we are ministering; the love we now feel is the love God has for us. The more we minister to others the more compassion and love we reflect, and the closer we are to the Lord. We feel this love because we know of God’s love for us and we feel his love going through us to others, enabled by the divine power of the Spirit as we are drawn closer to the Lord, God is love (1 John 4:8)
We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19) Through the Word, prayer, and Christian fellowship, we learn that God loves us. We minister to the lost world, pouring our hearts out to people with God’s love as we gently point them to Christ. Our Spiritual growth occurs when we are in the Word, when we pray, and when we experience fellowship with our Christian family. This growth drives us to minister to the world. This is the circle of ever increasing Spiritual growth, closeness to the Lord, and of God’s love in our hearts as we become more Christ-like. Read the story about Hosea and how God changed his heart, in order that he might minister to the Israelites feeling God’s love in his heart.
Today, if you desire to feel God’s love, know that he will pour his love into you as you reflect his love to others. The more you reflect God’s love, the more the heart changes; the more we feel his love as it flows through us. We have to give to receive. Read scriptures today about Jesus as he showed compassion with a caring heart.
Let’s Pray: Lord, fill my heart with your love and help me to reflect your love to others. Change my heart to love others as you love them, so that I might also feel your perfect love. I seek to minister to others with your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.