People find it hard to release to others what they themselves are not worthy of. Bitterness thrives within a heart unwilling to receive grace. What you extend to others, you release to yourself. When you release grace you agree with Christ. When you forgive others you forgive yourself. (see also Matt 7:1-3)
Love is not a concept, idea, philosophy, or feeling. Love is a Person, Jesus Christ.
When Jesus said let the children come, He was inviting them to do the unthinkable. To joyfully climb upon the literal “Mercy Seat” of God.
I have discovered that I only find rest in the arms of Love, my head on the pillow of Justice, enveloped in the breath of Peace. The inexplicable embrace of an absolutely good God whose just-ness was satisfied in Christ once for all, that is the kindness that leads me daily to a renewed mind. For neither Love nor Justice are a what (to be replicated), but rather a “Who” (to be represented). Now if I can just re-present that to everyone with a pulse…
You are designed with a blueprint that originated in the mind of God. You are a product of Gods imagination. When He created the cosmos, He spoke it into existence. When He created you, He expressed to Himself a declared intention. “Let Us make man in Our image, after our likeness. And let him have dominion…” You were created to be and to have. You exist by identity, but you have by authority. Adam and you have the same assignment, to rule and to reign. You reign according to your identity but you rule by authority. Lest we for a moment get serious about this, the very essence and presence of the Lord is marked by joy.
Its the fullness that envelopes Him and the pervasive nature that surrounds Him. So it was within the context of joy that the One Who is Love prophesied you into being. You were chosen to be in Christ from before the foundation of the world. He is your home and you are His. He is the destination of this journey of revelation. (John 14:20) And that’s the point of all human existence. That the romance of God would be fully manifest to us as it is to Him.