Your Natural Habitat

01/20/21 at 06:00 AM | Published Under Charis Staff

 

Adapted from “Hearing God’s Voice” by Greg Fritz

The reason God’s presence is such a desirable place is the total acceptance you feel there.

God’s not holding your mistakes against you, nor judging you based on His experiences with others. 

He believes in you, accepts you and is ready to take you at your word.

One of the most outstanding characteristics of God’s love is its ability to withstand infinite amounts of abuse, betrayal, blame and mistrust without changing. I’m so glad God is not changed by our actions. If He was, He would be a basket case emotionally by now! 

He’s certainly been treated badly by people throughout history, but He never complains. He doesn’t ask, “Do you know how many people have broken their promises to me in the last 1,000 years?” Or “Do you know how many times my name has been taken in vain—today?” Or “Do you know how many times I’ve been accused of things I didn’t do?” The examples are endless.

God has taken untold amounts of abuse and hatred from the very people he created. He has loved the whole world and given His only Son for them. He wants the best for everyone, yet He’s been hated, ignored, mischaracterized and worse. 

But instead of being bitter and angry, He’s just as loving and trusting as before He created Adam and Eve. That’s why, when you go into His presence, you feel no suspicion or mistrust toward you—only total love and acceptance.

“Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].” —1 Corinthians 13:7-8 (AMPC)

God’s love never fails, changes, nor gives up. It isn’t weakened by abuse nor bitter over hatred. God’s love never changes, and you experience it every time you’re in His presence. 

“… God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” —1 John 4:16

God’s love is your natural habitat. It’s where you belong. It’s in God, and it’s also in you.

To abide in love is to abide in God. To grow in God is to grow in love. To truly imitate God is to love as He loves!