Yesterday I came across the verse, “Keep yourselves in the love of God,” (Jude 1:21) and I wondered, “How do I keep myself in God’s love?”
God’s love is constant and unchanging. Nothing can remove us from His love. What does this command mean then?
God directed my thoughts to the relationship between a husband and a wife. The husband loves the wife more than anyone on the earth, and she feels secure and safe with him. However, there are times, when they have misunderstandings, and her feeling of security quickly changes to insecurity. When this happens, she puts up a wall. She withdraws from his love rather than keeping herself in his love. The wall she puts up, prevents her from experiencing his love.
In the same way, we at times, try to take ourselves out of God’s love. He orchestrates situations in our lives to teach us divine truths. Sometimes these situations are very painful, and we begin to doubt the truth regarding His love. We put up a wall. His love for us hasn’t changed, but we don’t experience it.
For example, when fighting cancer, it racks our body with pain and rubs our emotions raw, it’s not easy to focus on God’s love for us. At such times, we may wonder if God even loves us at all! If He loves us so much, why doesn’t He say the word and remove our pain and heal our jangled emotions?
The characteristics of God’s power and authority appears large and His love seems small – like the smallest letters on an eyesight-testing chart.
Despite the toxic hate that surrounds us, we should master a mindset that keeps us experiencing His love. God did not have to circumstantially “prove” His love. We should learn how to tune into the loving whispers of God deep in our spirits. We should not let anything steal our sensing of God’s love, a love which is incredibly abundant.
There will be times when we wouldn’t understand God’s ways, but that does not mean His words are not true. These times only reveal our limited understandings of His ways.
Our walls toward God must come down and we should experience the warmth of His love.