Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light. (Matthew 11:30, KJV)
I give you you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. (John 13:34, Amplified)
When I hear a fellow Christian speak about just how difficult it is to love, it makes me cringe inside. My head wants to agree with them, but my heart won’t let me. And even deeper still, my spirit man knows it’s not true. Don’t get me wrong, I used to think and say the very same thing, but something changed. The way I think and the way a walk out this commandment has changed.
Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden light.” How can that be? He also said that we would find rest for our souls. Let’s take a look at another scripture that speaks of rest.
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. For we which have believed do enter into rest… For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. (Hebrews 4:2,3,10; KJV)
There is a place of rest that has been made available to those who believe. This passage tells us that it takes faith to enter into this rest. Let’s take a look at two scriptures that speak to us about faith.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17, KJV)
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace… (Romans 4:16, KJV)
It takes faith to enter the rest, and that faith comes by the hearing of the word of God. Faith is trusting, leaning and relying, wholly on God and His word. And once faith is put into operation, it accesses grace, which is the power of the Holy Spirit (James 4:6, Amplified)
When I used to try to walk this love walk out in my own will power, it was very hard. When I began leaning entirely on the grace of God to love, it seemed so easy. It wasn’t me trying to love any longer. It was me yielding to His love in me, His Spirit in me, His power in me. I’ve often described it as the Nestea plunge. How hard is that? The difficult part has always been to just let go.
We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19, ESV)
First and foremost develop your faith in the love of God. Read scriptures that speak of His love for you and think about them, meditate them, say them, feed on them. Read about His love for others. Think, breath, live on His unfailing love.
Second, develop your faith in the fact that He lives in you. His love is in you (Rom 5:5). His Spirit is in you (1 Cor 3:16). His fullness is in you (Col 2:9-10).
First believe and receive His love and then freely give what you have freely received. It’s that easy. Stop trying to love and rest in His love and let it carry you.
For in Him we live and move and have our being… (Acts 17:28, Amplified)
Beautiful… and so true! It is easy for us to have a “head knowledge” of God’s love– and when that is the only knowledge we have of His love it is extremely difficult to love others. It is only when you have had a “heart knowledge” that comes from experience in His presence that it is easy to forgive and love others. The impulse, when directly confronted with hurt and evil, may be there to want to “smash them with a hammer” (or maybe that’s just me, on occasion!), but when love reigns in your heart, the impulse is quickly laid to rest and compassion oozes through for that “offending” person. I would not want to live a moment of my life without the hope and love that I find only in God– and those who hurt others are often the ones who need God’s love the most!
Very well put Margaret! That’s it exactly!
Another way to put it…which chair are you staying in? For me, #2 most of the time…ouch!