“God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house,”1 John 4:17-18 MSG
I like the thought of a ‘permanent residence in a life of love.’
“Permanent residence” is different than staying in a motel for a while or even renting a home temporarily. Which describes your relationship with God? Are you committed to this life of love? Does love have run of the house of your soul? Has your heart been overtaken with the love of God?
- Well, if you are doing what you should do but resent it, that isn’t love, that is obligation.
- If you are doing what you do to achieve status or influence or reward, that likely isn’t love, that is manipulation.
- If you expect to always be appreciated, noticed or paid back, that isn’t love either.
I think a house where love runs things will be furnished with forgiveness, the benefit of the doubt and second chances. I think a house where love is in charge will have strong walls of firm boundaries that keeps those who reside there safe. I think that a house where love rules is a house where growth is encouraged and people are respected.