Monday, October 19, 2015

Jude 1:21 -- On Staying in the Love of God

"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."
Jude 1:21

I like the idea of basking in God's love, and that being a commandment. :)  Seems like a cool thing to have to do.  I think there is more involved than just basking, of course, but basking is the best part of it. :)  In Lehi's dream the tree of life was a representation of God's love, and it was described as "most desirable above all things" and also "the most joyous to the soul" (1 Nephi 11:22-23).  So, basically, as usual, God is just asking us to find satisfaction and happiness.  Yes, certainly, God is telling us how to find them, and to maintain our path towards the tree, we have to listen to him... but that isn't because God doesn't love us, but because too often we seek satisfaction and happiness in places that will never result in those things, or that offer cheap, temporary imitations.
It also seems to me that the love of God goes both ways.  We need to maintain that conduit with the Lord so that we are feeling love from him, but we also need to learn to understand that type of love and share it with others, and that is keeping ourselves in the Love of God as well.  Always bringing it in, and always sharing it out.  And that's where we can find the mercy of our Lord and eternal life... in those constant transactions, filling ourselves and filling others, because the Love of God is not a limited resource.  It's always there if we do the things that please God and therefore have the ability to tap into it and be guided by it.  When we don't feel God's love, it isn't because he has walked away from us, but because we have walked away from him... like getting mad at a family member and not talking to them.  Luckily, God is never far away.  If we learn to let go of our anger and pride, we can invite him back into our lives by just kneeling down and praying.
Today, let's get ourselves into the Love of God, and then let's keep ourselves there, finding mercy and eternal life, and sharing the Love with everyone around us.

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