10 In Faith

Preparing My Heart for Christ: {Love}

This is the final post in my series on preparing my heart for Christ.  Today’s topic is love.

I have a deep desire to be known, to be loved, to be needed.  I have come a long way, but I still find myself crying out to be shown love and to be able to give love freely, without condition or restraint. The fact that there is a God in heaven who loves me, who came just for me, is hard to wrap my brain around most days.  

When God peered over the balcony of heaven and saw a lost, frail and broken humanity, He knew the world needed a Savior. Yet, how could the God of the universe come to each one of us, and yet still remain in His holy and pure state?  He could not.  A Holy God cannot exist in a sinful heart. The only way for God to meet the needs of a lost and dying people was to come to us in human form.  So taking on the form of man, He came.  God in flesh.  The Christ Child — sinless, pure and Holy.  Why would the God of the universe choose to shed His heavenly garments, taking on the likeness of man, and walk among a wicked and sinful generation?  He did it for love. There needed to be a Savior.  There needed to be a Man who would take on the sins of a world, lost without hope, caught up in their own desires.  There was no other way.

God so loved that He gave.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  (John 3:16)

His love for me is a mystery that I’ve spent my entire life unraveling.  He loved me so much, that He gave to me the greatest gift.  My responsibility is simply to receive it, with an open hand.  I was created for partnership with God, to be His counterpart, co-laboring with Him to bring His glory to this earth.

God loved.

God sent.

I believe.

I receive.  

Yet, I’ve spent my entire life unraveling the mystery of this love.

Love came down from heaven in the form of a babe.
Nothing was withheld, freely He gave.
If I were the only one left on this earth,
He still would have come, to give me new birth.

Love came down from heaven,
He came just for me,
Love came down from heaven,
I will rejoice!  I’ve been set free!

I will never be the same.

Lord, as I prepare my heart to receive You, would you come and reveal Your love to my heart?  I need a revelation.  I need to experience this love in a greater way.  Thank you God, for sending Your son.  Thank you, Jesus, for saying yes to the plan of the Father and coming, just for me.

If you have a post that you would like to link up on the topic of God’s love, please share.



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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Diana Denis
    December 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Oh Barbie, I am rejoicing with you. It can be too big for me to wrap my head around too. I’m sure I won’t ever truly get it on this side of heaven but I can still say, with confidence, that love came down just for me! Loved this series! Merry Christmas!
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      Barbie
      December 19, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Thank you my friend. I felt like I really had to grasp for this one. Merry Christmas my friend!

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    Mia
    December 19, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Oh, dear Barbie
    This is what everything is about, isn’t it! Us receiving the Bread of Life and then living in His spiritual Canaan everyday. In Him, allowing Him to live His life of love, peace and joy in and through us.
    Thank you for this series, dear friend, you must do something similar again. I enjoyed this so much. I don’t know what went wrong with my link-up today. It is surely the gremlins!!!
    I want to wish you and your dear ones a blessed God-filled Christmas.
    Mia
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      Barbie
      December 19, 2012 at 11:22 pm

      Mia, I truly enjoyed having you along on this journey. You always make me pause and ponder. Merry Christmas my friend!

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    Adoption Mama
    December 20, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Barbie, If we could just truly get it! His love is so unfathomable! Thank you for these great reminders today. Praying home schooling is going well too.
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      Barbie
      December 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Thank you my friend! Have a Merry Christmas.

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    Jennifer peterson
    December 20, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Aww love this, it is so hard for us to wrap our minds around the love that God has for us.Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
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      Barbie
      December 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks Jennifer!

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    Venessa
    December 20, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I LOVE this!

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      Barbie
      December 20, 2012 at 10:03 pm

      Thank you my friend! Merry Christmas.

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