Love. It gets a hold of you. Love colors everything you do. Love changes everything. When you love someone, you will sacrifice anything, give anything, do anything, for them. When love comes, everything else fades into the background. Love can be consuming. Love permeates everything it touches. Solomon spoke about love when he wrote,
“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death, its jealousy as enduring as the grave. Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame. Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned.”
Song of Songs 8:6-7 NLT
Love is unquenchable. Love burns brighter and brighter, going to the deepest part of you. Love illuminates your soul. When you love, it is visible. It is tangible. It is able to be felt. Love changes the atmosphere around you. Others can see it, in your face, your attitude, and your mannerisms. Did you know that there is someone that is in love with you?
The One who loves you has many names. Yahweh, El Shaddai, Elohim, Jesus, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and many more. The most common is God. Think about what it feels like to be in love. Jesus feels infinitely more of that towards you. He loves you passionately and intensely. He always has and He always will. He thinks about you all the time. Hear me again. Think on this. GOD IS IN LOVE WITH YOU! You are loved. You are chosen. You are valued. You have dignity and worth. The value of anything is determined by the price that the buyer is willing to pay. God paid the highest possible price for you, so you have the highest possible value of any created thing.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
Romans 5:8-9 NKJV
You had the highest price paid for you. Jesus Himself, God in the flesh, died for your sins, and rose again for your justification. God gave Himself for you. The source of all life and creation experienced suffering, pain, and death for you. Jesus bore all your sins, sickness, griefs, pain, death, and hell. He removed every barrier between you and God, so that you might have an unhindered, unstoppable relationship of passionate, overwhelming love.
When you let Him love you, and receive it for yourself, you can’t stay the same. There is a terrible myth in our culture, that love is tolerant. No, true love is transforming. True love never gives up on you. True love gets involved. Love gets its hands dirty and nurtures you to health. Love will never leave you alone, but He will always pour out affection on you, till you are whole, in spirit, soul, and body.
Look at what the scripture say about God.
“For our God is a consuming fire.”
Hebrews 12:29 NKJV
“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
I John 4:8 NKJV
God is love, and God is a consuming fire. That makes God a consuming fire of love. If you will yield yourself to Him, His love will consume you. The fire of love will burn off all the bad, damaged, sick, broken parts of you. This hurricane of fire-love will consume your whole being until there is nothing left, but a holy, sanctified person, that looks like God, and carries the presence of God with them everywhere. Your Creator is an all-consuming fire of love, who makes all things new. This Fire does not only disintegrate the bad, but creates you as a new and living powerhouse called, “saint, holy, righteous, king, queen, elect, and new creation.”
As you spend time in the love-fire of God’s presence and experience a holy metamorphosis, you become a love-fire too. God makes His servants a flame, in His image.
“And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire.””
Hebrews 1:7 NKJV
*If you don’t like my interpretation of this verse, take it up with Hudson Taylor when you get to heaven.
God makes you a consuming love-fire too. God’s love in your heart makes you an agent of revival, healing, and renewal in the earth. Be that love for others. Be the love of God manifested to them. Become a consuming love-fire that burns away pain, sickness, depression, emptiness, and struggle; creating restoration, healing, redemption and purpose. You are loved. Let yourself be loved. Let that love catch you on fire. Set the world ablaze with all-consuming love.
If you don’t know Jesus, I want to give you the opportunity to trust Him for your salvation and receive His finished work by faith. If you want to make Jesus the Lord of your life simply prayer this in your heart, as a way to put your faith in Him. Say, “ Jesus, I make you the Lord of my life. I know I’m a sinner, but I believe. I believe that You are the Son of God. I believe You died on the cross for my sins, and I believe that You rose on the third day for my justification. I ask you to save me now. I receive you by faith. In Jesus’ name. Amen”