Sunday, December 19, 2021

Love Also Receives 1

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Hebrews 6:7 (NET), “For the ground that has soaked up the rain that frequently falls on it and yields useful vegetation for those who tend it receives a blessing from God"

“Sweetheart, you complain too much, didn't you say you love me? If you truly love me, you will overlook my faults and mistakes because love always forgives. When God wanted to show his love for the world, he gave his son, and remember too that love covers a multitude of sins. Babe, if you truly love me, you'll stop complaining about my faults". This was Mrs. Rachel Raymond's response when her husband told her he did not like the attitude she has been putting up lately.

Just like Mrs. Rachel Raymond said, what is commonly heard is, “if you love, you will give" and nearly nothing is said about the other side of love— “love receives". While it is true that God proved his love to the world by giving us His Son Jesus Christ who died for our sins, it is also true that He did that expecting something in return; He wants you back on His side, He wants your affection, loyalty, and dedication, He wants your life.

You see, love is double-sided, having two ends; the giver on one end and the receiver on the other end. The giver gives and the receiver receives, then the receiver also proves their love for the giver by giving back to the giver. Jesus emphasize this when He said “If ye love me, keep my commandments" (John 14:15 KJV), then in John 15:10 (KJV) He says, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love".

The statement, “if you love, you will give", becomes a statement of truth when it applies to both parties— the giver and the receiver alike.

Go into today knowing that love also receives and that God is expecting a harvest of love from you.

Prayer: Father, help me to love you the way you love me. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James

Yearly Bible Plan: Psalms 131-133 (In Devotional Audio)
Credits: Bible(Bible Experience, Zondervan)

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