God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:2 NLT

Love has a strange effect on humans. If we love something we will go to great measures to indulge ourselves in the pleasures of that love. People spend money they don’t have on things that they “love”. They may buy tickets for sporting events, clothes, jewelry, or new cars because they really “love” something. When someone loves another person, the wages go up even higher. Wars have been fought, friendships lost, fortunes wasted all in the name of love. Love definitely effects our actions.
What about the love of God? How does His love, when tasted, effect the way we conduct our lives. If you experience the intimacy available to us in Christ, what will that do to the way we live our lives?
Augustine had been looking for love all of his life. He had searched for love and acceptance in his academic pursuits and his work as an instructor in the university. The respect and accolades he received in that arena left his heart cold and empty. He searched for love in the arms of a mistress whom he lived with for several years. This human love never satisfied the hunger he felt in his soul, there had to be more. Finally, Augustine’s search ended when he was captured by the love of God. This love not only met the hunger he had in his soul, his life and lifestyle were radically changed by his encounter with God’s love. Listen to his classic words about love’s effect on his life.
“How sweet all at once is was for me to be rid of those fruitless joys which I had once feared to lose. You drove them from me, you who are the true, the sovereign joy. You drove them from me and took their place, you who are sweeter than all pleasure, though not to flesh and blood, you who outshine the light, yet are hidden deeper than any secret in our hearts, you who surpass all honor, though not in the eyes of men who see all honor in themselves. O lord my God, my Wealth, and my Salvation.”
Augustine had experienced the love of God that not only satisfies the hungry heart, but also changes our behaviour. How has your behavior been lately? Maybe you need a good dose of the love of God. It is amazing the effect His love can have upon our heart. After all, as Jonathan Edwards says, “Our affections are the spring of all of our actions”. Drink of the Savior’s love today, He has loved you all along, actually He has loved you with an everlasting love. Drink from that fountain, you will be surprised at the changes in your life.

2 Replies to “EFFECTED BY LOVE”

  1. I am amazed on how a persons life can change if any person taps into gods love submits to what the lord wants in our lives he freely gives us all things in spirit and truth he is no respecter of persons we are equal in his eyes and if love him he wont withhold any good thing our desires become his desires other things dont even come close to him being in our lives i got blessed with a top of the line gibson guitar and much equipment a good accustic guitar also stuff i would have worked forever to have i always wanted these things the lord made a way for me to get these things with out the hassle of myselve scrimping and saveing for them im playing alot now in different places with good brothers in the last few years blues festables have allowed the gospel to come in brothers are playing more at these places good opertunitys for the lord are starting to open up where it was a cloed door before sometimes he gives us stuff for a purpus i get really blessed when the holy spirit guids our music now its a huge difference then when we use to work real hard to get anything going we are playing for the lord nothing like it was in the world he can bring things together and things just come our way doors get opened up our desires become his desires we get to serve him see new brothers and sisters born our family in god grows grat stuff i think more people are won to him because of gods love in his people people are amazed when they see gods people walk in his love that gives them a good witness to what god is really like i pray every morning to be walking in his love im reminded 1 cor. 13 alot lately we all know this passage i pray i can be walking in this more and more at work with my family at fellowship on the street i know if i allow the lord to work this in my life more and more ill be able to please him and when we please him nothing gets better

  2. If you and/or your wife and children were carried out of your burning home and your physical, time limited bodies saved by a certain fireman you would not just be thankful. You would heap presents and become lifetime friends with the fireman and his family.Well how much more should we be thankful to the Father for sending His Only Son to save our souls for ETERNITY.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Halleleujah……Halleleujah………..Halleleujah!!!!!!!!!! There are no words to express such thanks but only the desire to live for Christ in all that we do. In His Light and Love, Dan Frisard

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