“Let them praise the name of the Lord, for at his command they were created, and he established them for ever and ever—he issued a decree that will never pass away.” (Psalm 148:5-6 NIV)
Love creates. God created us because of His love for us. He pours His love into us so we can pour it into others. When we love others as God intends, we become creators. We create new relationships with healthy boundaries. We create homes for our friends and families where they feel safe. We create conversations that give life to others. We create moments that change people’s lives forever. We create because God’s love pours through us to others.
God created life. He’s given us the ability to create life by having children. The love parents feel for their children, as intense as it feels, is nothing compared to the love God has for us. I think of the people I love most in this world. I can’t imagine God could love them more than I do. But the truth is He does.
I have a common joke I tell when describing my life to people. I spent my 20’s doing everything I could to screw my life up. I spent my 30’s healing from the hurt I caused myself in my 20’s. My forties were spent reaping the rewards of the work I did in my 30’s. And yes, I had ten years of work to do.
I had to learn to have healthy boundaries. Applying God’s word to my life, day by day is how I learned. I remember the first time I said no to sleeping with a man I was dating. I met him in church. I had just started following Jesus wholeheartedly. When he realized I really meant no he freaked out. He immediately informed me of all the other women who were happy to accommodate him. He couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t. I ended the relationship. For the first time in my life, I set a healthy boundary. Because I did, I saved myself so much heartache.
God creates newness in our life every day. Each time we take a step of faith towards Him, He creates something new. His light begins to shine through us to the darkness of the world. God’s reflection in us draws people to us. God’s love has no bounds:
“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” (1 John 4:16 NIV)
God’s love lives in us. The closer we draw to Him, the more love we will have to give. God’s love created you. His love creates newness every day.
Question of the Day:
How has God’s love created newness in your life?
Further Reading: 2 Kings 17:1-18:12 NIV, Acts 20:1-38 NIV, Psalm 148:1-14 NIV, Proverbs 18:6-7 NIV