27th September 2011

All My Love…

“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’”
Matthew 22:37 (NIV)

The pile of birthday cards did not seem to be getting any smaller – it felt as though all my friends were born in September!  I found myself signing each card in my usual style – all my love, Irene.  I can honestly say I meant the words, but it did occur to me as to how much of a cliché these words can become.  What do I mean ‘all my love’?  Some days I feel more loving than others – indeed if I ‘get out of the bed on the wrong side’ some mornings, there isn’t much love at all!  So where does that leave me as I sign away ‘all my love’?

Without scrutinising my writing style too much, these thoughts have made me think seriously about the giving of love.  As human beings, prone to emotions and changes of temperament, the level of giving of love will vary.  How thankful I am that God our Father is the same yesterday, today and forever.  (Hebrews 13:8).  He is unchanging in His love for us and it is constant.

As for how much love God has for us – it is endless.  “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). Sometimes even scriptures can become clichéd – we hear or read over them so often that we become familiar to the point of overlooking the meaning.  God so loved the world that He gave up the most precious entity He had—for us!  That is a clear definition of ‘all my love.’

It is humbling to consider this all encompassing love.  As human beings we have difficulty in comprehending the love of God.  We can, however, through and by the power of the Holy Spirit, extend God’s love to others.  God’s love has liberated us—we must use it to liberate others from this world of darkness.  We are told to love God with our whole being in Dueteronomy 6:5, so let’s show this love by fulfilling His word.

Next time you end an act of correspondence, best wishes, kind regards, much love, all my love or quite simply, love from… make sure you mean it, but additionally give a thought to the One who really did give ‘all His love.’

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for your boundless love.  Help us to reflect it toward others, that they may see Jesus in us, and in so doing find a path toward you.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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