Love in the Heart – The place where we meet, eat and touch God
This is a T.I.P. Thought In Process
Love, One of the most powerful feelings and emotions a human being can experience. Love is unique in that only God and humans can operate from it. Haven’t you felt love in a way that welled up from within you. A love that you felt for someone or even a pet, where all you could say was – I love. Why do I love this person? I can’t really explain the totality of why – I just do, it is something I feel toward them. It is this exact experience, this feeling and the source of this feeling or Love that I am wanting to explore.
1Cor.13:1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love is patient, Love is kind and is not jealous; Love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; Love does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away.
Love is God Love is Jesus Christ – Love is not an attribute of Christ – Christ is the personification of Love. Its is this Love that has now found a dwelling place within man. The dwelling place of Love is not the mind, the dwelling place of love is in the heart of man.
Eph.3:16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,
Can we know God/Love? Can we know His voice/love? Can we be assured that it is Him? This was a cry from the saints of old.
Ps.51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; And renew a right spirit within me.
Ezekiel 36:26 “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
And the Lord answered in a very personal way.
Rom.5:3-5 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
God has been poured within our hearts and the result of this pouring out of God onto us is…
Eph.1:17-18 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints
Deut.8:5 Thus you are to know in your heart that the LORD your God was disciplining you just as a man disciplines his son.
In the days of Old, people did not have this pouring out in their hearts and had a difficulty in knowing God.
Ps.95:7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.
Today, if you would hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
As in the day of Massah in the wilderness, 9 “When your fathers tested Me,
They tried Me, though they had seen My work. 10 “For forty years I loathed that generation,
And said they are a people who err in their heart, And they do not know My ways.
Ps.40:8 I delight to do Your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.”
But today this is not the case – We can and do know God. His law is within our hearts – We have been made one with God. God is now made know to us not through stone tablets or external laws – God is manifested or made known within us.
1John 4:7-21 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.
We now have a source to go to. A sure source that we can live by. A sure way to know God, to know His voice and to be able to live from His life. To live from the fruit of the Tree of Life that NOW lives within us.
2 Cor 5:-16 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.
The external rules and laws that have been the source for knowing God are no longer the way. Our way is now internal – it is the Love that has been poured out in our hearts. This is now the way we know God and abide in Him – Abide in Love. Apart from Love we can do nothing. Is this what we REALLY believe? Do we really believe that if what we are doing is not coming from the Love that dwells in our hearts – it is nothing?
John 15:4-5,9 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; so neither can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing. Even as the Father hath loved me, I also have loved you: abide ye in my love.
It is Love that has been poured into us that we PUT on the outside of us. This is the clothing that we have been given to cover our flesh – to cover that which is temporal. How do we PUT ON this love that has been poured within us? Listen to, live by and follow the unexplainable knowing of that which is in your heart, I.e. the Love of God.
John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”
It is our belief in Him in Love that RELEASES the Life giving water to flow out from us. Belief in the Love/Jesus within us, thinking, acting and moving from this place puts on Christ/Anointing.
Col.3:12-15 Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful.
These are my thoughts – they are still in process – For the past 2 years the Lord has been opening up to me the place of the heart and this is what I am begining to see.