I have just finished reading a wonderful book titled Experiencing Fathers Embrace written by Jack Frost. It is one of the books that Greg is reading for school and he gave it to me to read also. The book was amazing, it was just what I needed to read at this point in my journey. I found I was searching for a deeper relationship with God, to know and love Him just like a Father and this book is really helping me in that process.
There are many good things written in this book and I encourage you to read them for yourself, but one thing that has remained with me is this…
Jack Frost writes “What reveals a genuine love for God is my ability to convince my family and others of my love for them. The bible tells us that we can not say we love God if we do not love each other…”
It is simple really. We need to love each other more, and not just the easy to love people but everybody that comes across our path. We were created to receive and express love. Love is about who we are. We can love because He first loved us. We need to be giving love away, to receive the Fathers love and then give it away to the next person we meet.
It seems easy enough but sometimes I find this challenging. Not because people are unlovable but just simply because of my own fears. I love my friends and family well but I struggle with other people. I find it difficult to talk to people that I do not know or do not know very well. I am an introvert and talking to strangers is scary! But I am being challenged to step out of my comfort zone and after reading this book I am now in a better position to see and receive Gods love being poured into me. I am getting into a better position to receive and then give His love away.
The community of Jesus followers here in Redding California are very good at doing this. Their outpouring of love to their community is amazing to see and be apart of. They are such a great example. You can just feel it as you go about daily life, there is just something different going on here and it is the Fathers love being poured out, unconditionally and without measure.