Title: Living From Love
Everything Flows from Love
First of all, I’m totally 100% passionate about this truth — living loved. I’m convinced that everything we do is originally designed to flow out of this place of being loved by our Father in heaven. We see this even in the life of Jesus. Just moments after John baptizes Jesus in the water, the clouds parted “…and a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17). If Jesus needed to hear that from His Father, how much more do we as His children need to be reminded of this truth before we “do” anything.
Growing up as a pastor’s kid, I TOTALLY understand what it means to live life for the approval of people. I mean, who doesn’t like to have people like them, right? This quickly became my identity, to please other and to do everything out of a place of LACK.
I began to live for love and not from love. This cycle is dangerous because soon enough, God is taken out of the equation. It’s no longer about living satisfied in His love, its now looking for other places to fill a need that only Jesus can fulfill.
How do we live from this place of LOVE practically?
Intimacy with Him: At the end of the day, if we aren’t setting aside moments for His voice of love to speak into our lives, we can simply forget. It’s amazing how quickly this can happen. We can know we are loved by God, and simultaneously believe a small lie that He doesn’t love every single part of us. What I mean by this is that it’s common for christians to come under the influence of a lie if we aren’t being disciplined on a regular basis to spend time with Jesus and be renewed by the sound of His Loving and Kind voice. Just as the word says “The Truth Shall set you free”.
It’s true that what we believe affects the way we live. So can you imagine… what would happen if every believer BELIEVED FULL HEARTEDLY that they were 100% LOVED, without question? Well, I believe we’d become the most “dangerous” christians on the planet. Why? Well, Loved people take risk, they do things not for the approval of man, but in obedience to the Lord!
In John chapter 15 Jesus says “If you Love me you will obey me.”. I believe we can only love to the extent that we allow Him to Love us. We can only give what we have!
This is why living from a place of love is foundational. It’s the glue that holds us together. It’s what wooed us in the beginning to Him, it was His love that changed us! It was for love that He went to the cross. Everything is about His love and letting Him love us exactly where we are at.
Artist Feature | Jenessa Wait
I’m a 22-year-old Canadian who is now living in California. I grew up as a PK (pastor’s kid), and church life was always pretty normal. It wasn’t until I was 17 years old that I fully surrendered my life to Jesus. Through a series of events, I realized I was living a double life, not fully believing the truth of the gospel. I hit rock bottom, and God, in His grace and mercy, picked me up and gave me hope and purpose again.
I do hand-lettering because I believe I have a voice that is meant to speak the truth of who God and who people are, and to point people to Jesus! I love anything to do with beauty. Creating is a passion of mine, and I’m a believer in doing things you’re passionate about!
The key message I always want to convey through my art is that Jesus is the answer to all things. He is the one that gives us love, hope, peace – whatever it is that we need, He has it for us. I want people to be encouraged and to know that God is for them and with them through every situation of life! I’ve learned time and time again that we won’t have it all figured out right away, and that it’s a really good thing to not be perfect. Only then can we learn patience and to trust Him in all things.