“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”
Right around finals week last quarter I was studying with two of my friends from my econ. class in Covel. If you’ve ever studied with me, you probably know I like to talk a lot because it seems weird to sit there in silence for such a long period of time with people you know.
So there we are trying to study while I withhold our progress with comments on food and complaints about not understanding the multiple choice, when all of a sudden, I’m struck by this sudden feeling of joy and happiness because of the company of these two girls and I realize that I really enjoy spending time with them. In less than a second, God filled my heart with just a little of the intense love that He feels for them. I was so honored to feel even a little bit of that.
It’s not about saving souls. It’s about God and loving God, loving one another. We work at the salvation of people’s souls because that is what He desires and our desires ought to align with His desires. I want to live with my dreams and desires intertwined with those of the Father’s.
Love comes from the source. It’s supernatural. To truly love someone is to taste a bit of God. After I realized this, I came to the conclusion that I can never force myself to love someone–it needs to come from God. Well, then, when He tells me to love someone, what am I supposed to do if I can’t do it on my own? Spend time at His feet, learning His ways, seeing the way He loves me, soaking and absorbing in that love and then right in the midst of that overwhelming love–let the revelation wash over your heart. Realize that He feels this way about that someone too.