LOVE THAT SPRINGS FROM FAITH
Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Peter 1:8-9
There is nothing special about believing in God. “Even the demons believe—and shudder” (James 2:19). It is the love that springs from this belief that sets us apart. When we begin to correctly perceive Him, we sense His warm presence and an almost involuntary response occurs. We are delighted with a deep sort of satisfaction, and it seems like we were no better than lifeless corpses prior to this otherworldly encounter.
This is the life-giving gift of faith. Our first love is awakened by God’s Spirit, enabling us to sense Christ’s glorious presence and loving-kindness. We are ushered out of darkness to behold the light of God’s Son. And seeing Him, we adore Him and savor the intense sweetness of the sight. A strange and powerful force draws us closer and causes us to gladly abandon all other pursuits. They all seem absolutely worthless compared to the surpassing glory of knowing the darling of the universe.
For when we see Jesus, we know in our hearts that we have found our deepest longing and we are sure that nothing less will do. This is the very reason why we exist—to rejoice, to revel in making much of Him and His presence.
When we live our lives constantly overwhelmed by His worth, we cannot help but go further in and further up. This will radically transform us inside and out until we are beyond recognition. It may at times be an unpleasant process, but the pain is nothing compared to the prospect of experiencing more of Him. This is why we are made able to “endure sorrows while suffering unjustly” (1 Peter 2:19).
The less we resist the God-given urge to come closer to Him, the more He becomes the center of our lives. We experience salvation everyday as the power of sin loses its grip on our souls. And as we practice totally surrendering to His rightful rule, we will begin to understand that it is God who works in us. We will be showcases of His glorious grace and His life in us will “shine as lights in the world” (Philippians 2:15).
Written By: Jeremiah Capule