LOVE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES

Aaron Kostich

 
 

I kick flows for ya

Preach grace for ya

Even left all my sinful ways behind for ya


Let grace empower me

Everyday

I don’t wanna stay in that way


Of sinfulness

Not worth the stress

Allow me to reach perfectness


I am transformed

To contradict the norm

Even through pain, strife and the storm


Complete, full, whole

Undefiled

I am not in denial


I understand completely that to be perfect

I need to be complete

So please Lord please


Show me your love

Bring the Holy Spirit down

A dove from above


Inside me

To show me the way

Cleanse me fully and make me

perfect today

What are the limits of human love? 

Can our love be transformed into God’s love?


Love Knows No Boundaries

The Love of God; we hear about it, we think about it, we talk about it, we study it, we know about it, but have we attained it? The question is have we received the love of God that he has poured out into every one of our hearts, is He waiting for it to be received? The better and more specific question is how do we receive this love of God that he has for all his created beings? Do we do good things? Do we read the Bible? Do we pray? Do we wait for God to empower us to feel his love? What is the answer? As you sit reading this paper you might be wondering to yourself, is it one of those things, is it all of them, is it just a few? Well if you wish to have a wonderful relationship with Christ and follow his commands, grow in your walk and understanding of God, or just simply learn new facts about this subject, then continue on reading. If you do not wish to do any of these, and simply have no urge to commit your life to him and want to have nothing to do with him, then I suggest you to still continue reading! Although I have no such powers as to bring you to Christ, the Holy Spirit does have the power to work through me and through you to display a truth that you have not yet discovered. Maybe it will change your life, maybe it will not, but that’s not for me to decide, that’s for you and God to decide!  No matter what the circumstances are that surround your life I urge you to keep reading and discover how to receive the love of God!

Enough of the small talk, onto what we came here to know: The Love of God. Romans 5:3-8 is going to be the main scriptural basis for these next points about the love of God. “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; (4) and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; (5) and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (6) For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. (7) For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. (8) But God demonstrates His own love toward us; in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God loves each and every one of us, his love is always present no matter the sin, and he will always love us. We have to act upon this knowledge first for anything to happen. How do know God loves us? God allows us to have a self-authenticating experience of his love, and when it happens, you will know that you are truly experiencing his love. Verse five talks about how the love of God is poured out through the Holy Spirit. We know through this verse that the love of God is the work of God himself, it cannot be accomplished through anything that man does. It is supernatural and not within our power. It is the product of mere circumstances not dependant upon how we were raised, it is the work of the Holy Spirit, we do not make it happen what so ever.

The second important thing we have to take into account is that it is not just the experience of God’s love, but the previous knowledge of the love that God displayed through sending Christ to redeem us. We need to realize that just getting a sensation of love, a feeling that overwhelms us, means nothing if we do not correlate it with the facts behind the knowledge. Without recognizing God’s love through the crucifixion the glory is not given to Christ, and therefore is worthless. (http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/the-love-of-god-has-been-poured-out-within-our-hearts).

The most important key that I must make known is that the experience of God’s love can only be presented through the Holy Spirit to those who have been given the Holy Spirit. This excerpt really displays the meaning of the love the Holy Spirit allows us to receive and also spread to others: ”John records Jesus' reference, during His final night on earth, to a new kind of love, a love that the disciples would not be capable of giving until they later received the Holy Spirit: ‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another’ (John 13:34). The love Christ taught His disciples requires God's Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, we cannot comprehend the agape love God wants to share with us.” (http://www.ucg.org/christian-living/profiles-faith-john-apostle-love). “Agape” love requires a relationship with Christ because the un-redeemed person is unable to love anything unconditionally; agape love sacrifices everything and expects nothing in return (http://www.godandscience.org/love/what_is_love.html#.UFyJAI7FVT5). The Holy Spirit only dwells in believers of Christ, therefore the only way we can experience Gods love is through a conscious decision to follow him, or through our emotions urging us to want something more in our lives, to want Christ. I hope that this does not discourage any non-believers, no matter if it is a non-believer who is in the lowest of the lows, or a non-believer who is really pursuing to follow Christ and is just not quite there yet.

Lastly I want to explain how we receive this experience of God’s love no matter if you are a believer or a non-believer. It first starts with prayer. We need to pray that the Lord will direct our hearts into the love of God and the steadfastness of Christ. For those who are believers, praying is very common within belief in Christ. The thing to realize is that we need to direct our prayers to certain things and accept the outcome, which indeed is God’s will. For the non-believer prayer is the tool that can help tremendously to becoming a Christian. The second and last thing that is essential to experiencing the love of God is the reading of scripture and ultimately knowing through biblical fact, the amazing love of Christ. (http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/god-demonstrates-his-love-toward-us)

God’s Love is not just something I, or a teacher, or a pastor, or famous theologian talks about. It is one of the most important, and if not THE most important theme within and throughout the bible. The reason for our existence and creation is so that we could have a loving relationship with him, this was not able to be fully fulfilled after the fall of man, that’s why God then sent his son. He still wants a relationship with us, or he never would have bothered (http://www.allaboutgod.com/god-is-love.htm).

From here I am going to show you some scriptural references of God’s love as it is a major theme of the bible, and it is important to show that these principals are actually in the bible! Here are some very important scriptural references relating to the Love of God: James 4:8, Proverbs 8:17, John 14:15, Galatians 6:7, Song of Solomon 8:6, John 10:7, Romans 5:3-8. I encourage you to read these for they are immensely important in this paper and overall subject. These verses show how that as we grow closer to God he comes closer to us, and our relationship becomes progressively better and better. So as we show love to God through obedience and submission to his will, we start to receive the love that he has for us more and more, and we continue to strive for that love and continue to grow. The one thing in nature that really relates to this is the vine. For example, the vine needs its energy to grow. This energy is produced from the sun. The more and more the vine grows the more it reaches toward the sun. The vine needs support throughout the growth and maturation of the plant, so it needs a solid structure to hold it up. This comes in the form of many things, a stake, a building wall, a tree, and etc. This is just like how love is key to Christian Maturity. As we open up to God he shows us love, this is like our energy for growth and maturity in a spiritual sense. The more we open up and obey him, the more love we feel from God, and the more we strive to grow towards that love, just as the vine grows towards the sun. The more we grow, we need a structure to hold us, and this structure is the like God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. We need them as our foundation, our backbone, and our structure to hold us up and keep us strong in our faith!

All of this information is nice and all, but if we do not go out and act upon it, and make it a reality, not just words, what is the point? For those who need it to be proven, here is some factual based scientific evidence that talks about the effect of love and sadness on the body. When a person experiences the feeling of love, the body starts to change, even at the cellular level. When love is felt, the body’s cells get closer together and create some type of milky substance between each other. This causes a person to obtain confidence, and have the feeling of invincibility to some measure. On the opposite end of the spectrum, when a person experiences the emotions of sadness, the cells tend to move apart form each other. This results in the feeling of weakness and can affect what the body, physically as well as mentally (http://voices.yahoo.com/the-effects-love-emotions-body-449325.html).

Next I would like to talk about the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand for it represents good spiritual truth from the bible in the form of a story. Christ showed amazing love when he preached and fed the five thousand. Those five thousand had come specifically to here Christ preach, to learn, and to take in and to act upon his teaching. Jesus in return showed these people love through feeding them. The crowd had been there a long time and had become very hungry. Christ extended his love by producing enough bread and fish to feed all of them from what was five loaves of bread and two fish. Just like in this story, as we reach out to God and take in what he is putting out there, he reciprocates with his love.

Now I want to share my personal experience of God’s love that manifested through me during the forming of this project. One night during the school week I faced an overwhelming amount of homework, other schoolwork, and also many mixed thoughts that engulfed my mind. I thought to myself, “Ya know what, if I really want to experience God’s love on a level that is personal, I just have to trust him”. I started to worship and find peace some sort of supernatural peace in my soul. I felt peace because I left it up to God and trusted him to take care of everything. I felt a subconscious change in me at that moment a random outburst of worship and the feeling that the comfort and love of Christ was over me and that everything was going to be ok. I proceeded to not do my two homework assignments for math and continued to worship not knowing what would happen the next day, but I did not care. As ironic, cliché, christianese, and fake as this sounds, for some random reason it all worked out for the better. Mr. Stauffer proceeded to give us all one hundred percents on the first assignment and made the next assignment due after the weekend. Right at that moment I knew that it was not a coincidence, it was God taking the wheel and controlling the situation that I had given to him. Even though this story might not seem wonderful and powerful, I knew that it was His working, and I felt like he loved me and was caring for me and watching over me. This feeling is something that I can truly say I had never felt before! As WE take the steps necessary to move forward, GOD is faithful to reach out to us with love and move us forward!!!

Works Cited

1.http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/the-love-of-god-has-been-poured-out-within-our-hearts

2.http://www.ucg.org/christian-living/profiles-faith-john-apostle-love

3.http://www.godandscience.org/love/what_is_love.html#.UFyJAI7FVT5

4.http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/god-demonstrates-his-love-toward-us

5.http://www.allaboutgod.com/god-is-love.htm

6.http://voices.yahoo.com/the-effects-love-emotions-body-449325.html