Can you invent words worthy enough to describe your feelings after that first magical kiss from your true love?
Can vowels and consonants be strung together to craft words sweet enough to explain the love in a mother’s heart when she holds her baby for the first time?
What sentences could you form to describe to a blind man a brilliant sunrise or the ocean’s majesty?
Could you use your hands to successfully sign for a deaf child the sound of crickets chirping in the summertime?
I’ve tried to describe the change within me over the last two years, but there are no words. I’ve found comfort in knowing that even Peter and Paul struggled with that. When Peter wrote of the joy he’d found in Jesus, he used the words “inexpressible and glorious”. (1 Peter 1:8, CSB) Paul referred to God’s grace as “His indescribable gift”. (2 Corinthians 9:15, CSB)
Some things just have to be experienced!
Tenille Townes’ song The Most Beautiful Things provides commentary on that thought. She softly sings, “Why do we close our eyes when we pray, cry, kiss, dream? Maybe the most beautiful things in this life are felt and never seen.” (You can listen to the song at the end.)
It’s true, we shouldn’t run on our feelings. But, it sure is good to feel what we’re running on. If you’ve put your faith in Jesus, you have complete access to a mighty dose of Holy Spirit power.
The list in Galatians 5:20 characterizing people who are running on the Spirit does not begin arbitrarily. Paul had already boldly proclaimed in verse 6, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” When we truly feel loved by God, we can then go on to experience and express joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Love inspires all of these.
Since mankind is made in the image of God, everyone has the ability to perform a loving act every now and then. However, an entire life infused by love can be neither witnessed nor enjoyed until we accept and receive all the love God has for us.
Are you certain of God’s love for you? You’ve most likely heard John 3:16 since you were a toddler, but do you intentionally take note of the many small, sweet acts of loving kindness God performs just for you? Do you truly believe He always has your best interest at heart? Does it overwhelm you that even while your sins are still warm, Jesus lovingly whispers, “I still love you, but this is not good for you?” His love may cause you and me to feel convicted, but it never condemns.
Our lives are like a vapor that’s here today and gone tomorrow. (James 4:14) It would be extremely sad to never experience the love God has for us. His kind of love springs from the Spirit’s power, not our own, and then spills over into the lives of others. As a result, love fills us with inexpressible joy, which in turn gives us indescribable peace.
I tried for years to perform acts of love without understanding or believing in the love God has for me. It took some grandchildren for me to begin to understand the depth of God’s faithful love. There was (and is) nothing, absolutely NOTHING, they could ever do that would make me stop loving them. (The same is true for God’s love for you.) When they misbehave, I definitely convict them, but never condemn. I only want what’s best for them. I want them to revel in and celebrate God’s love. Only then can they realize that it’s His love, their friendship with Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit empowering them to love others.
Maybe it’s time we slow down, and close our eyes to pray, cry, kiss, and dream for a while. Maybe the most beautiful things in this life really are felt and never seen – and totally indescribable!
“No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.”1 John 4:12-13, CSB