I smile as I think back to childhood days today when we as kids would hide a given object from another or at times, the object was even another person and then we would give clues as to where the one looking could move closer to discovering the said item. For example, as the looker moved farther away from the object to be found, we would shout out “you are getting colder, colder, colder and now you are freezing cold!!!” That would be a clue the looker needed to change directions and as we gave clues such as you are getting warmer, warmer, warmer, you’re hot, you’re boiling, the looker would realize they were right in the area where they could find what it was they were supposed to find. Those of us who knew where the object was would chuckle and watch in excitement and amazement as the looker continued to get closer and closer to where to look next to find it at our shouts of clues for direction.
I share these thoughts because in life people are constantly looking for love and there are certainly ideal places (warm, hot and boiling) and not so ideal (cold, colder and freezing) places where people turn to for finding unfailing love!!! Our Father’s Word tells us “God is love.” (1 John 4:8 NIV) Also that “What a person desires is unfailing love.” (Proverbs 19:22 NIV) Hence the best place to find love personally is from God and in so first finding His love for us, loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, He then tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves. (Matthew 12:30-31)
Our Father tells us “Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13 NIV) Oh that is certainly what Jesus did for each of us in going to the cross in each of our places to bring about the forgiveness of sins of people & reconciliation between God and people. As a result of Father’s kindness to us as children of faith, we are each spared the personal reaping of the wages of sin that is death and eternal separation from God’s perfect love!!! His action of love towards us on the cross covered all of our sins in life and now He tells us as “I have loved you, so love one another.” (John 13:34) “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)
I find it interesting – that word “fervent.” To keep fervent is to burn in Spirit, to boil, to be hot enough to boil or bubble over. To be completely intent on, to be deeply committed to something, to be earnest, to set one’s heart on with implication of accompanying desire. Our Father tells us it is He who works in us to will and act according to His purpose and that we will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon us. Choosing to love others with our Father’s Spirit ablaze within us reminds me of the childhood effort of moving in the direction of getting warmer, warmer, warmer, being hot with our Father’s Spirit ablaze within us to the point we are “boiling” or bubbling over with divine love and oh that just makes me smile to think about all of us as Father’s kids being right where we are supposed to be in finding the divine love of our Father for us, divine love for Him and divine love for one another!!!
Is there somewhere in life where Father is showing you or I that we need to go in the direction of getting warmer, warmer, warmer, hot and boiling, bubbling over with divine intent on discovering divine life thru loving??? Have fun in doing so, making it a divine adventure as you and Father together look for taking steps of adding more and more warmth of heart to bring divine life love to discovery in the lives of those around you today as this song says here.