God's ways are not our ways. His love is often rough and easily seen as cruel. His love batters our hearts until our hearts are completely His.
Batter My Heart, Oh God! Let's look at someone in the Bible who lived with an open heart towards God to see if God battered it.
Either God catches us like a fish with a hook (enticing and wooing) or He hunts us like game (force to break, overthrow, imprison).
Take me to you, imprison me, for I, Except you enthrall me, never shall be free, Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.
Batter my heart three-personed God, for I'm lost unless You ravage me! You must quell my passions and bend me—yes, even bruise me. I will be yours!
In the past I have looked at relationships as if my God was miserly. I felt the need to extract from them as much as I could as quick as I could, because surely the Hand of God was about to remove them.
We’ve asked for a blessing to cover all of you, however your story is written. Here is what the Spirit gave.
God's love can be found in the unlikeliest places, even a simple mailbox. And seeing that love reveals the Heart behind it!
Rightly loving your Self, as obedience to God’s second command, is something entirely different than self-worship. To love and respect your self honors God!
This world’s cold love stems from a failure to love God and self. Our cold love is the byproduct of our lack of love for God and self.
I have learned that I can’t close off my heart to the world in self-protection and not also close it off to God, who created that world. That's cold love!
Love is the only force that brings in true lasting change and revival. That Love is not only expressed with our love for God but also when we love one another.