Principle of Love

“There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful, than that of a continual conversation with God: those only can comprehend it who practice and experience it; yet I do not advise you to do it from that motive. It is not pleasure which we ought to seek in this exercise; but let us do it from a principle of love, and because God would have us.” Brother Lawrence, Fifth Letter

Above is a quote from the book Practice of the Presence of God. From cover to cover you’ll find a record of letters and conversations written by Brother Lawrence, a meager monk who simply loved God. His life ambition was to always be in God’s presence.

What I love about him is his heart, being in God’s presence wasn’t for his own pleasure; but it was for the principle of love. I desire this for my life.

The principle of love, is to purely long to be with God, with no other motive than to love Him.

I want my children to want to be with me, not for what I can do for them, buy them or teach them, but because they love me. God is no different.

God delights in you, for no other reason than love.

He longs for continual conversation with you, for no other reason than He loves you.

I have a knowing inside of me, that if we would just love Him—every concern, every need, every desire would be met. This would be the place of rest, no striving, no asking, no manipulation just being still, enjoying the presence of God—daily—regularly.

Psalms 46:10

“Be still and know that I am God.”

Life swirls all around us, if were not watchful we will be enveloped by it. Being caught in the whirlwind of life, always makes rest illusive. Rest for a weary heart and soul is found in the peace of God’s presence.

Be encouraged to make your relationship with God, one that practices His presence and lives by the principle of love.

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2 thoughts on “Principle of Love

    1. Thanks Jamie! Yes, so simple yet powerful, so free but costly! My kids have this saying in the midst of the times when life is crazy or when I’m exercising intense parenting methods…”Just love me”. I feel God’s nudge, saying the same thing to me in the heart of times when I’m trying to figure life out! “Just love me!”

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