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Embarking on the path of surrendering to Christ is exhilarating, having anticipation for profound transformation in life’s journey of spiritual depth and growth. Yet, this path, illuminated by the radiant promises of God’s love, isn’t without its challenges.

In this exploration of faith, we’ll navigate the intricate landscapes that define the journey of embracing God’s love. The journey is wondrous and demanding, requiring a mindset harmonized with His teachings.

Guided by Galatians 5:1, our path reveals profound truths, fostering an authentic relationship with God. Beyond rules, we embrace sacrificial love, understanding boundless grace in a transcendent realm of spiritual depth.

Join me in traversing this spiritual odyssey, where we uncover the layers of opening our hearts to God. Together, we’ll learn authentically to love Him, embracing the liberty He extends. Let’s fathom the true essence of intimacy with God, and delve into the depths of His passionate love.

Surrendering To God’s Open Embrace

Christ Has Set Us Free

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”_Galatians 5:1

What a deep revelation this verse holds! As believers; coming to Christ, we tend to forget that Jesus first wants us to invite Him into our hearts. He wants us to acknowledge that He does not expect us to be perfect or think that good works are what will first put us in the right standing with Him.

However, let me be clear: God does expect us to obey Him by following His principles, commandments, and personal convictions. His Word states that if we love God, we will live according to His commandments (John 14:15).

More Than Rule-Following: Sacrificial Love And His Grace

Furthermore, this should be coming from a place of, or aiming to understand sacrificial love.

*Sacrificial love = an affectionate bond characterized by selfless actions and profound fondness.

For, if we are just believers who live by the rule book and do not allow Jesus to touch our hearts then there is not much difference between us and those who are not saved but do good works.

In a world where we are expected to follow rules to help us be safe, we tend to have the same mentality in our relationship with God. Yes, God has rules too but His understanding and system are divergent from how the world views it.

Moreover, I’ll address a mindset some may have. This mindset of wanting to eagerly please God because we are truly thankful for what He has done for us. However, falling victim to prioritizing good works above God, often without even realizing it.

Sacrificial Love Beyond Works: Navigating The Pitfalls Of Self-Effort

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Let me put it this way: sometimes it feels like we’re attempting to pay God back for everything He’s done as if we need to prove our value to earn His unconditional love. When we are motivated by such a mindset, at some point, we will exert ourselves and hit rock bottom. It will seem as if all our efforts aren’t getting us anywhere.

Furthermore, the image we’ve been trying to maintain will eventually begin collapsing. Consequently, we may start to view ourselves negatively. Insecurities will become louder than ever and a sense of unfulfillment will be within our hearts.

All this is pointing out that something is wrong. Somehow we have been going about things the wrong way. The biblical truth is nothing can ‘buy/trade’ God’s love. No amount of good work can do so.

Why is that? God chose to love us all immensely, without expecting anything in return. It is all by His grace that we receive it!

Surrendering Our Role: An Open Heart, Pure Sacrificial Love

Although, by grace, we can enjoy God’s love, we have a part to play. We cannot be idle and expect our relationship with God to be healthy without doing what is required of us. Just like any relationship requires effort, the same applies to God.

We should be willing to meditate, pray, fast, refuse to live in sin, and do whatever He expects of us. As, remember, unlike humankind, whatever God expects of us is for our greater good. These tools help us draw closer to Him so He may give us more insight, revelation, desire, and strength to love Him right. Note that HE will do it through the Holy Spirit, our helper, aiding us in accomplishing it.

Going back to Galatians 5:1, if our focus is solely on adhering to rules, thinking it’s what will save us, we miss the point that Christ has already set us free. It’s not just about following laws, it’s about embracing the freedom He offers.

Giving our life to Jesus Christ is trusting that he will teach us how to grow in our relationship with Him. Consequently, teaching us how to live our lives, so that we remain in Him as He remains in us (John 15:4).

God’s Call To Intimacy: Surrendering Your Heart

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Remember, God is not aiming for a boss-and-employee relationship. Rather, to be a loving Father and friend. Although we should not forget that He is King of all kings and we should address Him as such. He doesn’t want us to approach Him rigidly and hypocritically.

We should know that He sees our weaknesses and still decides to love us right. He wants us to accept and believe this truth of Him. He won’t abandon nor reject us because of our inabilities. Yet, He sees it as an opportunity to show us how much there is to us than what we see. God created us in His image and always ensures He is satisfied with what He creates.

God is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscience. Therefore, with this knowledge, we must accept that when God says He loves us, it does not refer to a perfect version of ourselves. The Word of God which is God (John 1:1) is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so if God loved all the biblical characters unconditionally despite their mistakes and upbringing. Why doubt that God can and does love YOU?

The Negative Impact Of A World That Doesn’t Know How To Love

In a world exposed to distorted love, and our uncertainties, the manner we approach our relationship with God is affected. Approaching God, doubts may arise about a genuine connection. Nevertheless, it’s possible; He earnestly desires an authentic relationship with us. Sadly, some don’t even go as far as stepping toward a solid relationship with Him.

It might be easy to say, “God loves me,” or “I open my heart to God.” Believing and trusting in it is a whole other story. Your life story and baggage impact your outlook on God, whether accepted or denied. It influences belief and perception.

This reminds us that the ride of getting to the point of fully opening up your heart may not be as easy as just saying it. There will be ups and downs. Some may experience more downs than others. This is okay by the way! God knows of our background, and who we are as individuals. Therefore, how we learn best and how our journey is meant to look.

Now, this is a good thing! I AM THAT I AM, does not see it as any obstacle to showering you with His agape love! He is more than capable of dealing with anything, big or small. He is interested in all the details of your life, EVERY detail (Psalm 37:23)!!

True Love Or Verbal Claims? Surrendering To God

Although we have acknowledged that the journey of loving God may not be so perfect, we must ensure genuine commitment to loving God, not merely saying it without substance. We must ensure our decision should resonate with sincere purpose.

Moreover, when you truly love someone, you aim to be conscious of how your actions affect the person. You do not purposely put yourself in a situation that will lead them to question if you truly love them, as you say.

Unfortunately, we do this to God. We say that we love Him but there is no consistent desire and the necessary backing to prove that we do.

It’s disheartening that the simple gestures that bring us joy when our loved ones express them often go unnoticed when it comes to God. We fail to recognize that God, too, appreciates the same expressions of love. Surrendering to God doesn’t just involve verbalizing our love for Him, but embracing the actions and attitudes that genuinely reflect our commitment to Him.

Understanding His Language Of Surrendering/Love

We find joy when others appreciate the efforts, small and big, we invest in manifesting our love for them. A simple “thank you” can go as far as brightening our entire day. Yet, when it comes to God, who does above and beyond what we can imagine, we neglect to express our gratitude and appreciation for His role in our lives.

In our journey of surrendering to God’s love, it’s important to recognize when we unintentionally turn other things into idols, overshadowing the primary place God deserves in our lives.

While God doesn’t expect perfection, He, like anyone, dislikes being taken for granted. We should reflect on how God feels when we seek forgiveness for our sins yet continue to entertain those very sins without genuine repentance.


King David’s Repentance: A Heart Aligned With God’s Desires

It’s not about the frequency of our falls that concerns God; rather, it’s the state of our hearts. In the scriptures, the Lord spoke highly of King David, describing him as a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22 & 1 Kings 3:6). Despite David’s many shortcomings, including murder and adultery, God still esteemed him.

King David’s ability to repent and acknowledge his faults placed him favorably before God. He genuinely sought God’s help to live for His glory, demonstrating a heart posture with God’s desires.

Although God loves us unconditionally, He also desires to be respected, honored, and loved in His language—not ours. Surrendering to God’s love involves understanding and responding to His unique language of love.

He Is A Jealous God

“Instead, you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, and chop down their Asherah poles. Because the LORD is jealous for his reputation, you are never to bow down to another god. He is a jealous God.”_Exodus 34:14

Though God is jealous we have to have the right interpretation of it. The Hebrew word for “jealous” in this scripture is qanna which doesn’t just mean jealous but also zealous. This refers to not an act of selfishness but of His great passionate love for us.

In surrendering to His will, God desires us for Himself. Therefore, opening up our hearts to Him is not just any kind of decision; it is a commitment to make God the highest priority in our lives, with nothing and no one holding that title.

He despises when we allow anything or anyone to jeopardize our enjoyment of what He has for us to the fullest. Remember that God knows best, understanding the needs and desires of His creation. Thus, He endeavors to be our refuge, safe place, and guide.

Take a moment for self-reflection: Is God your number one priority, and are you surrendering to His passionate and zealous love?

Learning To Understand What God Desires From Us

“The Way of Love
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.”_1 Corinthians 13:1

In the exploration of surrendering to God, this scripture unequivocally communicates that while God is the giver of gifts and talents, His primary focus isn’t solely on how well we utilize them, even in His name. In God’s perspective, if we fail to reflect the agape love He has instilled in us, all our abilities and accomplishments amount to nothing. God, the embodiment of love, underscores the essential nature of embodying love ourselves.

When faced with a reluctance to manifest love in any given situation it becomes imperative to introspect. How can I not embody that divine love myself? Claiming to have an open heart to God.

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Learning To Water The Seed Of Agape Love:

Walking in love, while appealing verbally, is challenging in practice. As mentioned above, receiving Christ as our savior and knowing He lives in us (Galatians 2:20-21), means that we should be conscious that the capacity to love unconditionally is already found within us. However, we must be willing and disciplined to water that seed of agape love to move freely in it.

Surrendering To God’s Heart: Accepting Intimacy

In our pursuit of a deeper connection with God, it becomes paramount to invest time and effort in surrendering to Him intimately—achieved through meditation and prayer.

Sometimes, God may not reveal Himself to us as we want, not because He is unwilling, but because He understands that our desire to know Him may be lacking. It goes beyond embracing the small revelations we’ve clung to for years or relying solely on the information passed down from family, friends, spiritual leaders, or others.

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with such sources, it is equally essential to know God for ourselves. Consider Jacob, who referred to God as the “God of my father, Isaac” (Genesis 32:9). This acknowledgment suggests that Isaac had a personal, intimate relationship with God. A connection that went beyond mere hearsay. Just as Jacob could testify to God’s manifestations in his father’s life, so should we strive for our encounters and relationship with the Lord by surrendering to His will.

What Does Loving God Look Like Biblically?

Here are some scriptures on how to love God:

• 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”

A reminder to express love to others through simple acts of kindness! This could include helping a neighbor, volunteering, or supporting someone in need.

Please note that, even when it seems like there’s nothing you can offer, prayer is another form of help. Praying for people goes a long way too! Esther’s prayer brought salvation from annihilation from an evil decree (Esther 5-9).

• Galatians 5:18-25

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.”

• Philippians 4:8-9

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Where do your thoughts dwell? I urge regular self-reflection, assessing whether our daily contemplations align with glorifying or dishonoring God.

Surrendering our hearts to God—Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit—we embrace pure, sacrificial love, forging a profound and lasting connection. God reassures us that loving Him isn’t a feat achieved in our strength alone. Instead, He stands ready to assist us. As we reflect on key scriptures guiding love and examine our thoughts, may our hearts echo a resounding “yes” to this divine journey.

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