And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.Romans 5:5
We know that God is Love and God’s love is unconditional, limitless, energizing, and transformative.
The world needs God’s love.
This should not be news to most of us, as we have heard this before, in Sunday School and Sunday sermons. We intellectually understand and acknowledge it.
But there is a difference between accepting God’s love in our heads and feeling God’s love in our hearts.
The 18th century Congregationalist preacher, Jonathan Edwards, once said, “There is a difference between having a rational judgment that honey is sweet, and having a sense of its sweetness.”
Similarly, in his letter to the Romans, Paul explained that “God’s love has been poured into our hearts.” That says to me that
God’s love is to be felt and experienced,
not just intellectually acknowledged.
Have you felt or experienced God’s love in your heart? If so, when was that?
What caused it?
Many of us have felt God’s love in the difficult times of our lives, when a burden has been lifted or a problem solved. Others have experienced God’s love in good times, when opportunities arise or dreams are pursued.
And still others are able, through prayer and meditation, to call upon God’s love at any time.
We probably also experience God’s love differently. For me, the feeling is like water being released from a dam that makes the river flow again at full volume. It is a wonderful experience, filled with emotion and gratitude.
When God’s love fills our hearts, we feel blessed. Any thoughts we may have had of scarcity in our lives is now filled with abundance.
Those feelings of abundance and gratitude from God’s love make us want to share what we have with others. The author, Robert Louis Stevenson, captured this sentiment when he wrote:
You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.
Gratitude for our abundance will drive many of us to want to serve others, to share what we have with those who don’t have it.
By sharing what we have and what we know, maybe we can release the flow of God’s love in the hearts of others.
Imagine what the world would be like if everyone took responsibility for both feeling God’s love in their hearts and causing it to flow in the hearts of others?