Grace Upon Grace

Devotional

Like Your Love: Changing Me, Changing Everything

Blaise Pascal once said, “The heart has its reasons for which reason knows nothing.” We live in a world relentlessly pursuing that which our reason and intellect can confirm. We want proof, and anything else leaves us wanting. Or does it?

I remember holding my wife’s hand for the very first time, and knowing we were never meant to be alone. Could I prove it? No. But I knew it.

I remember locking eyes with my daughter for the first time, and knowing in an instant that love was the bedrock of everything. Could I prove it? No. But again I knew it, and I was willing to live the rest of my life pursuing it. There are some things that can only be experienced, and it’s only in experiencing them that our eyes are opened to their reality-shifting truth.

An earlier memory I have is of being a little boy eaten up with anxiety and depression, and then reading that I was God’s handiwork, that He made me and loves me. I was overwhelmed by the truth that I was held in an inescapable love. Can I prove it? No. Is it true? I’d bet my life on it.

As 1 John 4:8 tells us, God is love. Friend, my prayer for you today is that you would allow God’s Spirit to lead your heart to a deeper sense that you are held in the arms of love. God, in Jesus, has shown that you matter, and that you are loved.

I’ve experienced God’s love. It has changed me. And if the love of Jesus has changed me, it can change everything. It has the power to move us toward radical forgiveness, a relentless pursuit of justice, and fresh mercy every day. It has the power to transform us and our world.

Let His love be born anew in you today, that you might be changed—and change the world around you.

Pray

God of goodness, I come into Your presence so aware of my human frailty, and yet overwhelmed by Your love for me. I thank You that there is no experience that I can walk through where Your love cannot reach me. If I climb the highest mountain, You are there, and yet if I find myself in the darkest valley of my life, You are there. Teach me today to love You more. Help me to rest in that love that asks nothing more than the simple trusting heart of a child.

—Life.Church Worship Pastor Blake Taylor

Worship with the song Like Your Love.