The French writer, Victor Hugo once said, "The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." The most important revelation we ever get of God is the revelation of His love. He longs for us to truly grasp the truth that He is love.
I grew up going to church. I said my prayers every day, took communion, and engaged in every religious activity as long as it was done in the name of Jesus. Despite all these activities, I was plagued by guilt, fear and condemnation.
Even the Pentecostal pearl of speaking in tongues could give me no assurance that God was pleased with me. I tried my best to please God as I tried in vain like Adam to cover my nakedness with figs only to find them decayed after some time. In my heart, I saw a big God sitting on a throne with a pencil and an eraser, erasing my name from His book when I sinned and rewriting it when I plead for mercy.
The dream that changed my life
In my helpless state, Elohim reached out to me with His loving arms. One morning, I was fast asleep when I had a dream. In this dream, three men came to visit me at my house. When I saw them, I somehow felt guilty and I began to run.
They followed me closely. I flew but still they followed. I passed through many places, thinking I had finally evaded them when suddenly they caught up with me. In that moment, I heard the voice of God saying, "no matter how far you run, I'll find you and I'll love you." Oh what grace! What love!
I woke up with a feeling words cannot describe. This began a journey of me plunging deep into the overwhelming love of God.
He loved us first
There is no greater joy than knowing you are loved by God. We cannot be free to love Him unless we understand that He loved us first. The Apostle John exemplifies the lifestyle of a radical lover of God. He said:
"Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee?" (John chapter 21, verse 20 KJV)."
Here John refers to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loves." He gives us a major key in the book of 1 John:
"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us... (1 John chapter 4, verse 10 KJV)."
The key to falling in love with God is by knowing that He loved us first. Who we are does not change Him because He is love personified. John was able to say that he was the disciple whom Jesus loves. He knew it was not about his love for Jesus but Jesus's love for him.
Like a child, he rested his head on the bosom of Christ without fear or guilt knowing he was perfectly loved. It will take eternity to understand His love for us even the angels wonder why the King is so mindful of us but He has not called us to understand His love but to accept it. When we accept His love, a whole new world opens for us. We see from a different perspective, we rest like John on His bosom till we know the cravings of His beating heart.
As you desire to fall deeper in love with the trinity, I want you to say this short prayer:
"Thank you Lord for your love and for your mercy. Thank you Jesus for dying for me. I ask for a deeper revelation of your love upon my life. May I never recover from the weight of your love and teach me to love others as you have loved me in Jesus name. Amen!
Rume Kpadamrophe is an evangelist, writer and researcher based in Lagos, Nigeria. Rume speaks French and English and loves to travel. He has a strong