Archive for April, 2011

Apr 30 2011

Experiencing Divine Love

As I was reading the previous quote from John Robert Stevens, it made me realize how feeling God’s love for people is really a direct experience with God. I’ve never thought of it that way before, but it has been very true in my own life. In feeling God’s love for people, and loving them with His love, it creates deep experiences with God for me personally.

Another thing Stevens is teaching me here is that our love for one another is not merely a human emotional response; there are times when our love is actually a witness of the Holy Spirit to the Father’s love!

Perhaps all of this this seems too basic, but I can draw a pretty radical conclusion to all of this: if you want a meeting with God, just determine to open your heart to love someone with His love. Simple.

 

Apr 29 2011

There are certain feelings in response to the Spirit’s moving on almost every plane we experience. When I became a Christian as a boy, I sensed the same good joy in my heart every time I testified or prayed in the house of the Lord. Later on, when I was filled with the Holy Spirit, there was that same exhilarating anointing every time I began to praise or worship the Lord….

This response of the Spirit is true also in regard to divine love. As the Spirit witnesses to this love, you experience a deep compassion welling up within you, until your heart yearns over people and it is very difficult to control the tears.

  • John Robert Stevens, "Basic Principles in Applying Divine Love," 1977
    John Robert Stevens, "Basic Principles in Applying Divine Love," 1977
    Excerpt from the School of Prophets manual "Basic Principles in Applying Divine Love" by John Robert Stevens, Copyright © 1977 by John Robert Stevens & The Living Word, a California non profit Corporation. Used by permission.