Knowing vs. Experiencing God's Love (part 2)
Everyone is driven to be loved.
“What a man desires is unfailing love.” Proverbs 19:22
I used to deny this fact in my life, convincing myself that I just had an independent and self-sufficient personality. But the more I tried to convince myself of this lie the more it slowly killed me emotionally and physically. Along the path of discovering the truth about my need to be loved, I’ve noticed that I’m not alone on this quest. I’ve noticed that everyone is just as passionate to be loved as I am.
I have seen this passion to be loved trumpet itself in one of two ways. First, when I brag and/or exaggerate about facts I know, places I’ve been, important people I know, possessions I have, and accomplishments I’ve done. Second, by hiding and keeping my opinions and thoughts to myself due to the fear of rejection.
With the first strategy, I am promoting to be loved, and in the second I am hiding to avoid rejection. Both are desperate cries from a starving heart. One of Satan’s lies is to teach us to deny this desperate need to be loved, and to find this love from a million different other sources.
In this past year and a half, I have begun to experience what I have only known for twenty years. Experiencing God’s love for me has been the most amazing feeling in the world! As a result of this love, reaching out to others, loving those who have harmed me, caring for the unlovable, and ridding myself of insecure feelings during certain social settings, have become effortless.
In the past, I couldn’t truly reach out, have compassion, listen attentively, have patience, and all the remaining fruits of love… because I never truly experienced the love of God. I merely manufactured the loving acts from my own efforts because of what I knew, not what I experienced.
“Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8
About Michael Trillo:
Michael spent the first eleven years of his life in the Philippines, before he moved with his family to Los Angeles. He graduated from Columbia International University. He was involved in youth ministry for many years before he was sent by his heavenly Father to the marketplace mission field.
Michael currently resides with his wife and children in the beautiful Northwest. He is an avid sports fan, with a special interest in basketball and Jiu Jitsu. He has also competed in the sport of arm wrestling since 1996.
Michael believes that knowledge is a means to an end. The end purpose of life is developing a loving relationship with God and others (Matthew 22:35-40). The result of that end is producing fruit, doing good works, and changing the world. It is an enslaving purpose to pursue knowledge and fruit producing as an end in itself.
His Favorite Verse
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
For more from Michael, visit www.MichaelTrillo.com
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