LOVE. REALLY LOVE.

There is a roar in my spirit – loud and fierce, urgent and loving – beyond what I can explain. Touch of God? God’s Spirit speaking? Roar of God? I think so. “Lord, what message for your people do I tell?” I ask.

Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. – Romans 12:1-2

And God speaks to my soul – over and over again – for all of us:

Love. Really love. I gave My all on the cross for you, my beloved. Give yourself over to Me and be transformed.

Stop what you’re doing. Quiet your own soul. Rest your mind from your own scenarios filled with fears and anger, frustration and resentment, shame and pride. Stop trying to control the people and circumstances in your life. I am the Sovereign God of unfailing love. I am intimately present with you to quiet you, to renew and transform your mind and to lead you in My good and purpose-filled ways for your life.

Love. Really love. I gave My all on the cross for you, my beloved. Give yourself over to Me and be transformed.

Stop the judgment. Your self-focus, your self-pity and your self-righteousness leave you blind to the hurt of others, leave you deaf to their heart cries, leave you incapable of true and wise discernment (even about yourself), and they leave you unwilling to offer any true compassion and mercy to those you judge as undeserving. I am the God of compassion and mercy and I alone am the only Righteous Judge. No one deserves my compassion and mercy. But! Out of my love, I give them freely to all who believe that Jesus, My One and Only Son, has already received all the punishment for all sin for all time so that all may be forgiven and given eternal life with Me.

Love. Really love. I gave My all on the cross for you, my beloved. Give yourself over to Me and be transformed.

Stop all your ways of wounding others. Stop and recognize you will not have all the answers you want. Stop and accept that you will not have all the admissions of guilt or apologies you demand. Stop and understand that only I see truth clearly. And it is truth that I desire in you and from you. Stop your twisted stories, manipulative words and outright lies – they are futile and foolish before Me. They are dangerous and destructive for you and for those around you.

Love. Really love. I gave My all on the cross for you, my beloved. Give yourself over to Me and be transformed.

Love. Really love. Humbly love. Patiently love. Kindly love. Tangibly love. Thoughtfully love. Generously love. Maturely love. Sacrificially love. I urge you, be transformed by My love to love. Really love. Because I really love you. I always have. I always will.