We gush about the blessings and kindness of God’s love, but what about the change His love demands and causes?
Our God is a consuming fire.
His love burns.
It both warms the heart and burns aways sin.
If I’m not experiencing both, I’m not experiencing God’s love.
It would probably be better said, “His love ‘ignites’ the heart and burns away sin”, because we were completely dead before, we had nothing to warm.
It was for reason of our common understanding of the expression that I chose “warm the heart” as in the pleasant warmth often associated with being loved.
But His love is not just pleasant, it’s transformative. It creates new life in us and eviscerates the darkness of our former selves.
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!
Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
“Little children, LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”
—1 John 3:1-2, 7-9