In this Year of God’s Love, we build a strong love relationship with God so that we remain in first love with Him. No matter what is done, it is our love relationship with Him that counts. This was the report card given to the Church at Ephesus in Revelation 2.
Love makes life worth living
We thought life is in our performance and wealth. Not despising the need for hard work and wealth but we know that these are for a greater end in God’s service. It is our love relationship with God that keeps us not only from burning out or stressed out and tempted to throw in the towel but it is in a love relationship with God many dynamics of true living happen. Sometimes, performance can conceal our true identity. Love confirms us in our real self. Love brings out the best of us. Being loved is loving. It relaxes us with inner freedom to live life to its full.
Power of present love
Although short absence makes the heart grow fonder (so the saying goes), love cannot be perpetuated by absence. You want to be present with the one you love, even when not much is happening or when they only whisper “sweet nothings” to each other. But the power of connection is built. It has a healing effect. It gives security. It is re-assuring. There is peace and that is empowering.
You will hardly realize the power of love except when it is absent. Those in deficit of love longed for it. Some imagine it. Others go into depression or into an ill-spent life of careless living. I know of some who never succeed in life due to character flaws traced to love deficit, rejection, insecurity and inferiority. Sad, isn’t it?
Your love relationship contains your future
In the presence of God’s love, people flourish. Affirmation, faith, hope and positive mind-set blossom into possibilities of divine and human favour. Favours are critical to you future. The favour of access to God’s throne, to people we need to see, to open doors and favour of a good report with the wisdom of God – point to the need to celebrate our relationship with the God who loves us. Our future, success and destiny hinge on our relationship with God.
Jeremiah& Susan Yap
Group Senior Pastor
New Life Restoration Centre
聆听叶牧师 – 爱、关系和恩惠 (2010年二月)
在神的爱里，人们兴旺。被肯定、信靠、盼望及有积极的意念去引发神与人之间的恩惠所带来可能性。恩惠对你的将来是重要的。神的恩惠领你到他的宝座，到我们所要遇见的人，到开启的门和靠神的智慧做正面报告 – 这一切都指向我们需要欢庆与爱我们神的关系。我们的将来、成功和命定都是取决于我们与神的关系。