In the kingdom, there is abundant love available. Our Father longs to lavish his love on us and to show us how to lavish love on each other. The first priority in the kingdom is for us to come to the Father to get all of our needs met; this is God’s strategic initiative, where he builds us up for our kingdom work. The second priority in the kingdom is for us to go out into the world and into the church and bear good fruit for him by loving others; this is God’s tactical initiative, the out working of his grace in our lives.
God’s strategic initiative, our A.I.R. Exercises – Our Father’s Approbation, Inspiration, and Restoration. If we are to live well the life that Our Father has granted us, we will need to take time each day to allow him to build us up in our spirits and in our souls. He longs to praise us, bless us, and affirm his love for us. We may come to him often and expectantly for him to pour out his love and grace into our hearts, minds, and lives.
God’s tactical initiative, our L.A.N.D. Exercises – Loving, Accepting, Nurturing, and Discipling – the life of Christ flowing through us to others. First, we love – we value highly each and every soul; we are patient and kind to all. Secondly, we accept each person at whatever stage of life they may be in; we love unconditionally. Thirdly, we nurture the life of God in each heart; we try to find out what each one needs in order to flourish. Finally, we disciple others; we find ways of bringing them along in the kingdom.
Perfect love casts out fear.
The more committed we are to living a life of love, by the mercy and grace of our loving Heavenly Father, the more he can replace our fears and our worries with love and faith and hope. We have only to come to him in our moments of need and he will exchange our weakness with his strength, our blindness with his sight, our fears with his faith and love.