💕God is Love❤️ + You Were Made in His Image!
By: Elizabeth L. Creecy
"The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, 'O God, forgive me,' or 'Help me.'”
You are to love.
If God is love (1 John 4:8), and YOU are made in His image (Genesis 1:26), then you are love!💕 That would be the apparent equation, right? If we are made in God’s image and His image is love, then we are love. But, we are not love as God is. Therefore we are TO love. We are to allow God’s light to reflect through us. However, human beings’ souls are not precisely what God wanted for humankind (Genesis 2:17). Many things changed when Adam ate the fruit. For instance, we developed a conscience – understanding good and evil or right and wrong. Jeremiah 17:9 (AMP) says:
"The heart is deceitful above all things. And it is extremely sick; Who can understand it fully and know its secret motives?"
Jeremiah makes it clear why humans sin with the verse above. Due to pride (Proverbs 13:10), our hearts want to do what is best for us (individually), independently of anyone else. Humans can be quite awful (Mark 7:21-23). Isn’t this precisely the reason why parents must teach their young babes how to share?… Be kind…. Be thoughtful….and so on?
We have to learn how to put our selfish desires down. As Jeremiah 17:9 reminds us, the human heart is quite wicked. Now, please do not get me wrong. I am not saying our spiritual default is hate or negativity. I believe it is quite the opposite. However, if this were true, negativity would produce life and not death. Neuroscience and the medical community are discovering extraordinary evidence that negativity (fear) destroys the body and soul and causes diseases!
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love (1 John 4:8 NKJV).
If love is God, and the Devil is the direct opposite of God, then the Devil is fear. What does fear do? It torments! What did Jesus tell us in John 10:10? The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10; parenthesis added).
This makes sense, especially when you take note of what is being said “between the lines” in Romans 10:17:
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
The opposite of this verse would be:
So, then FEAR comes by hearing and hearing by the world. I say world because the Devil has dominion over the world, and its ways are not God’s way.
And you [He made alive when you] were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of your transgressions and sins, in which you once walked. You were following the ways of this world [influenced by this present age], in accordance with the prince of the power of the air (Satan), the spirit who is now at work in the disobedient [the unbelieving, who fight against the purposes of God]. Among these [unbelievers] we all once lived in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by the sinful self], indulging the desires of human nature [without the Holy Spirit] and [the impulses] of the [sinful] mind. We were, by nature, children [under the sentence] of [God’s] wrath, just like the rest [of mankind] (Ephesians 2:1-3 AMP).
We would enjoy the sensations of fear, loathing, toxic thinking, worry, anxiety, and so on if we were wired for such things. Instead, love feels the best. Love is what makes us glow and feel fabulous inside. Every person is made from God’s image, so most individuals will have parts that exhibit His kindness and love. However, some people will choose to follow and worship the Devil (1 John 3:8).
While it makes more sense to say – if God is love and we are made in His image, that would make us love too. You and I both know humans don’t respond with the unconditional (true) love God does (1 Corinthians 13:8). But we have to work to show God’s love. We are to want to crucify our flesh (our sinful desires) and be like Christ (Galatians 5:24; Ephesians 5:1,2).
It takes time to learn how-to walk-in God’s love, but don’t fret because the Father knew you would need help. That is why after His Son was crucified, He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in you. For when the Holy Spirit dwells in you, the love of God and the power of God does too. What does this power look like? Well, for starters, it is the fruit of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22,23 NKJV).
Not sure if the Holy Spirit is inside of you? When you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, God immediately seals you with His Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:22).
In closing, let me ask you! Where do you need to love others as the Godhead loves you? Where can you give people grace, mercy, and the benefit of the doubt? Where can you work in yourself to reflect God’s light?
Do you remember what Jesus said to His disciples as His hour drew closer?
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (John 13:34,35 NIV).”
It’s just as Jesus said! People will know you are Jesus’ disciple if you love one another! Are you loving one another as Jesus demonstrated?
Prayer: Father God, thank you for giving your only Son to save me. It was your Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, and that same Spirit dwells in me. I know I need your power, strength, and love. Please fill me with the Holy Spirit. I welcome the Holy Spirit inside of me. I receive Him. Thank you, Father. Let Your will be done, and not mine in Jesus’ name, Amen