“6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Why do I begin with that passage? I see a lot of the body of Christ bogged down by the cares of this world. They are so caught up with the temporal that they lose sight of the eternal. I want to see Us stop getting tripped up with these meaningless things and I want to see Us reigning and ruling, but how are we supposed to reign and rule if we don’t know who we are nor the relentless love our Father bestows on Us (These two are One). Psalm 23 (last verse, original language) paints a beautiful picture about his chesed (loyal love) chasing us down as a lion chases down its prey, as a hunter relentlessly pursues it’s game. His love is relentless. What does this mean? His love, His faithfulness, His goodness, His favor, His mercy, His loyalty, His kindness, all these things He relentlessly and zealously desires to bestow on us. Our God is a consuming fire, and He is Love. He wants you to be consumed with every aspect of His love.
A little on the word Chesed…
חֶסֶד – Chesed
-Zeal towards someone, loyal love, loving kindness, goodness, mercy, faithfulness, favor.
Chesed is zealous. It is loyal to the one loved. It has the best intentions towards the one loved. It seeks to prosper them. It looks different depending on the situation or state of the person but it could show itself in ways such as kindness, mercy, favor. It is loyal in nature and thus it is at times translated as loyal love.
We have the fullness of His love. Christ! Jesus Christ is the perfect picture and manifestation of His love. We’ve been given every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3)! We are seated in heavenly places in Him (Ephesians 1:20, 2:6). We have been grafted into the Vine (John 15). We have been made One with Him (John 17, 1 Corinthians 6:17, etc.). I want us to explore the fullness of this inheritance that we have in Him. His love is our inheritance, and it doesn’t just look like ooey gooey feelings for us (though that’s part of it), it looks like the Father being pleased to give us His Kingdom. He is PLEASED, finds pleasure in, giving us His Kingdom!
Love is multifaceted… It is not simply an emotional feeling. As many say, love looks like something… I’ve seen a divorce in a lot of ways between these different aspects of love. I see some caught up with the active doing part of love, while others are only aware of love as an idea, or perhaps a feeling, saying God loves me, yet never tasting of the fullness thereof because they limit their experience by their lack of understanding…
I want us to bring these aspects of love full circle. I want us to experience the flaming passion of the Beloved’s heart, the relentless provision of the All-Sufficient One, the zeal of the Warrior as He fights for Us, the correction of our Daddy as He grows us up beyond childish things and into His perfect righteousness, the pleasure of the Father as He rejoices in seeing us walk in our inheritance/identity. Let’s not divorce the many aspects of love… Lion, Ox, Eagle, Man… they are One.
Anyways, I think I’ll stop there. Toodles Be-Loved!
P.S. If you want a broader picture of what Chesed looks like, go read Psalm 136.