I assume that you would agree with me that it is very important that every one of us in the family love the Lord dearly. These days, everywhere we see a lack of peace, division, and bitterness prevalent in families. The reason, as the Bible says, "The devil makes people dwell in darkness" (Psalm 143:3). What should we do for this darkness to be removed and for us to receive the ‘life of giving out the light’?
Read the testimony of God concerning the life of His servant David, in the Bible (Acts 13:22). He was diligent in seeking the Lord, in living a life of fearing Him, in walking in the ways of righteousness and in doing things pleasing to Him. The fundamental factor for this is, "I will love You, O LORD, my strength." (Psalm 18:1) Yes, his reverential love upon the Lord was the root cause of this. My dear sisters, his life is an example for us. How many of us can say like David, “Lord, I will love You”? This love is not ordinary. Going to church, reading the Bible for namesake and doing some ministry is not loving Him. Getting ourselves united with the Lord, is divine love. The Lord Jesus Christ was one with God. That’s why He said, "I and My Father are one." (John 10:30)
My dear sisters, you too should follow this kind of life. Think about your life for a while! Is your life filled with Christ? Or are you filled with darkness such as sins, curses, and anger? The Lord can change everything right now even as you are thinking about this. “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:1,2)
Accordingly, do not seek after this world and its things, since the Bible says, ‘Friendship with the world is enmity with God’ (James 4:4). My dear sisters! My precious young women! If you are reading this, ‘with whom do you have fellowship?’ Are you joined with God, through things related to Him? Or are you joined with the world? Or do you seek after the things of the world? Just think of this. The blessing of your life contains in this. At 25, I had a strange desire. I had long, thick hair and so I enjoyed wearing a lot of thick strands of flowers. My two brothers used to tease me saying, “Our sister does not need a pillow; the flowers are enough to be a pillow”. That was how I was crazy about flowers. But the day I accepted the Lord and got united with Him saying, ‘Jesus is enough for me from now on’, my life turned upside down. Many people who saw me, mocked me saying, “Let’s see for how long her sacrifice would last”. But the fellowship I had with God has removed that desire from me till now. Even today, many young women worry about their beauty and make themselves miserable unnecessarily. My precious children, don’t be like that. It depends only on the Lord. He will be your beauty. Hence, I would like to tell you that when you are filled with the Lord, His love would be beautifully manifested from you (Psalm 45:11).
Love led by Christ
You may not know how to receive this ‘divine leading, filled with love’. You may wonder what you should do about this. Kneel down right where you are and look only up to the Lord, Seeing your thirst, He will fill you with His Holy Spirit. When you are thus filled with the Holy Spirit, divine image will fill you and God’s love will flow out of you. Today, so many servants of God do ministry with lot of hardships and fulfil the will of God. The reason for this is that they are filled with love of God. Dear ones! A family life filled with divine love is very much necessary. The love of the Lord will forgive your shortcomings and fill you with His full blessings. When this love fills you, you will not magnify the lacks in others’ lives. As you are filled with this divine love from heaven, through the Holy Spirit, the devil’s works and deeds against you will not stand before your eyes. Instead, God’s divine love will hide them and work in you. Then He will help you to be at peace with everyone. You will receive God’s ‘blessings of love’ – not magnifying trivial things in the family, forgetting and forgiving, not blowing up shortcomings and not being haughty – How happy you feel even as you read this! In that case, how much more joyous it would be to receive this and enjoy it in your life! The Holy Spirit will strengthen you, fill you with His divine love and grant peace, joy and blessing in your family life in an abundant measure. Please wait on the Lord in order that every anger and annoyance in you is removed and get filled with His love. Particularly, my dear sisters! This is highly essential in your life. Division, bitterness etc., are the things of darkness which God hates. They are of the devil. So, wait patiently in the presence of God and get filled with His love. Then, you will receive overflowing joy, like Job.
“Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord; that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” (James 5:11)
Yes, according to this verse, be patient, like Job. The Lord will give you strength. Seeing your sufferings, He will remove all your lacks and afflictions. Also, only after the suffering, the Lord’s glory would be manifested from you. He will lift you in the same place and glorify you.
My dear husband, Bro. Dhinakaran and I started our family life by holding on to the Lord firmly and getting filled with divine love. We had to pass through a lot of problems and sufferings because of the series of lacks, crisis, loneliness, and rejections. Yet, despite that state, we were firm in holding on to the Lord. He too loved us dearly and never left us alone. The same Lord will not forsake you. All you have to do is,
"Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38; Luke 22:46)
When you ‘watch and pray’, you shall come forth as gold. Once, He has tested you, as Job said in Job 23:10. My dear sisters! Seek the love of God which is primary. Receive the divine experience of being filled with Him always. Then the Lord Himself will beautifully build your personal as well as family life. You shall receive the blessings that David had. May the Lord fill each one of you with His abundant divine love and grant you blessings after blessings!