by Dave Roberson
This year has been a world of discovery for me. Every time I find out a little bit more about the love of God, His love always opens the door to find out even more. And it’s with great pleasure and expectation that I look forward to the days ahead and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Looking back through the years, I thank God for the gift of praying in tongues, which is a foundational revelation gift that not only prays out the mysteries of God, but helps us understand those mysteries once we have prayed them out–such as the revelation the Apostle John shared when he said, God IS love (1John 4:16).
You see, of all the things I have experienced, love is genuinely one of the most powerful, life-changing attributes I have ever learned to draw from. God does not have love, “He is love.” What would be the point of being love if there was no one to love?
This is where we come in. God came from “forever,” and He is on His way to “forever,” and somewhere along the way, He stopped and picked us up because love cannot exist alone. To survive, love must not only receive but must also give, and it’s the new nature we received when we were born again that fully enables us to fellowship with God on a level of love that both gives and receives.
When you raise your hands and worship God, it’s your heart that touches Him. And much like a newborn baby touches his mother’s heart when she holds him for the first time–her heart melts hopelessly away as she surrenders to a love that only her heart can understand–when you worship God, trust me, YOU TOUCH HIM.
At times I try to imagine the love that was present in the Garden of Eden before the fall of man–a garden lush with vegetation, teeming with life; an incredible, peaceful presence where God Himself walked in the cool of the day. I have often wondered what kind of love was so powerful, so present, that even after Adam and Eve fell to the sin nature, somehow a portion of that love spilled over into our world–a kind of love that is still affecting people.
Think about it for a moment. What are most of the popular songs about? Aren’t most about love? In my era, there was Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, and the Beetles. And most of their songs were about love. People, even those who have dedicated their lives to gaining wealth, have lost fortunes just because they believed someone loved them. And people with a sin nature, who have not been born again, are still looking for “something.” They live dissatisfied, lonely, and wanting to share their lives with someone.
How can a person help but wonder, What was love really like in the Garden before the fall of man? Well, thank God for Christmas. Even though the world has thrown in a lot of children’s stories–Santa Claus, flying reindeer, a workshop in the North Pole, elves, and so on–the manger scene has still survived. And for the most part, thanks to the media, Christmas is still recognized by the whole world as the day that baby Jesus was born, the Savior of the world.
Since I have been born again, I know there is a presence of that love that resides on the inside of my spirit, and when I yield to it, I grow. I cannot help but thank God.
Here was baby Jesus, lying in a manger, maybe eight or nine pounds of pure love just lying there. Yet as God, He created everything.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men. John 1:3-4
I am going to find out a whole lot more about God’s love, especially here and now in a dying world which needs Him, for John said, describing his vision, And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea (Revelation 21:1).
This holiday season, let’s do something good for somebody else. Above all, let’s forgive everyone who has caused us pain and share with them the same gift of mercy and forgiveness that Jesus shared with us. (The Internet is a wonderful tool to find long lost relatives and get reconnected with them.) Help those in need, when you are able, and love your family, not just with presents, but show them you care.
Merry Christmas, and may you be so blessed always.