Unconditional Love – BT15
How do you describe God’s essence of infinite Unconditional-Love in words?
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Paul closely associates many words with “unconditional-love” to make various points of his (a), but especially joy and peace (b), “for the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking (c) but of righteousness and peace and joy by the Holy Spirit” (d). Once while jogging around the park proseuchomai conversationally-praying in tongues, I was suddenly overwhelmed with unconditional-love (e) and I had a vision of a soccer ball-sized orange-grapefruit in a tree and was told to bite into it. I reached out, bit into it, and was plastered with overwhelming unconditional-love, but after this subsided I could taste the flavor of joy and I wept with profuse tears of gratitude. When this subsided I could taste a subtler ‘flavor’ called peace when my whole world became tranquil like a sea of glass. This seems to be a common pattern! <Notes> a) Romans 1:7; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 6:23; Philippians 2:2, 4:1; Philemon 1:7; 2 Corinthians 13:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:13; 2 Timothy 2:22, etc., b) Galatians 5:22; Philippians 2:2, 4:1; Philemon 1:7; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 6:23; 2 Timothy 2:22; cf. 1 Peter 1:8; Zechariah 8:19; Jeremiah 16:5; Daniel 10:19; Isaiah 54:10 – see Joy and Peaceful-Rest pages, c) concerning Jewish food laws, d) Romans 14:17, e) See Spirit-baptism for Christians who are “routinely filled with the abundant-fullness of God, routinely filled by the Holy Spirit” per Ephesians 3:19 and 5:18.
I used to be a wine-taster for a restaurant and took an advanced class on detecting subtle ‘flavors’ of wines after getting past the dominant, characteristic ‘flavor’ of red wines: prune, jam, fig, raisin, black cherry, plum, currant, blackberry, marionberry, blueberry, black current, raspberry, or white wines: cranberry, pomegranate, red currant, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, plum, goji berry, dragon fruit. Although there are more than 10,000 grape varieties in the world, only a few dozen have achieved widespread popularity for reds: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Grenache, Tempranillo, Primitivo, Sangiovese, Syrah/Shiraz, Zinfandel, and for whites: Chardonnay, Pinto grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon blanc.
I’m sure the Lord had this in mind when He talked about “you will actually, genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know a tree by its [singular] kind of fruit” in Matthew 12:33 and Luke 6:44. All wine-growers know this! The first taste and smell will tell you what kind of grape it is. Careful, some poorer quality wines are actually a blend of grapes to smooth out the ‘rough’ qualities of the dominant grape. See also Unconditional-Love – BT6.
After this initial ‘blast’ you start to notice other things, often by smell, that tell you more about the nature of the soil, the crops that were previously planted in the soil, the quality of the air surrounding the vineyard, moisture before harvest, what the wine was stored in, how much yeast was allowed to continue fermenting in the bottle, etc: earthy, vegetables like onions and peppers, other fruits like lemons and grapefruit, herbs, charcoal/gravel/mineral/gritty, barnyard, cigar, oaky, toasty, tart/acidic versus sweet, bold/tannic verse buttery/smooth/creamy, and bubbly or effervescent.
So it is with The Unconditional-Love nature/essence/definition of God the Father, Son, and Spirit: That’s the initial ‘taste and smell’ of the singular fruit of “The Vine of Christ” per John 15:1-5. Even “little children, the younger, and other least among you” novices will ‘taste and smell’ this and then the closely-associated “joy and then peace” and that’s why the NT lists those most often together! A more trained palate will ‘taste and smell’ through their mind, senses, and feeling the rest of Galatians 5:22-23 “longsuffering-regulated-patience, kindness, goodness, faith/faithfulness, gentleness, and finally self-control/mastery. Paul isn’t saying this list is complete either because Paul expands on these in his later writing of 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. How can an infinite God with an infinite Unconditional-Love nature be defined by a finite set of words? Impossible! See also Unconditional-Love – BT7.
Well, I laid in bed for 1 hour just watching and listening for more directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words from the Lord about His peaceful-rest from Unconditional-Love – BT14 that is but one dominant ‘flavor’ of His Unconditional-Love, which is Himself. I felt so comfortable, not only wrapped in my warm blankets but wrapped by The Comforter, the Parakletos (a) Holy Spirit. And I’ve pondered all this now for 3 hours while writing this, and I should be terribly worried about all my thlipsis ‘tribulations’ for just today, but strangely enough, I really don’t care about them. I feel at peace! I know everything is going to turn out just fine because the Lord is with me. I’m ready to face them. And I may just rebuke some of them in the name/authority of Jesus! Now I understand better why Jesus said essentially said “let go and let God” – see Surrender Control – BT4, when He talked about the “cares of this world” along with the “deceitfulness of riches that choke His gospel logos message, then causing it to be unfruitful” (b). <Notes> a) ‘Close-beside’ caller, summoner, or inviter; helper, succorer, or assistant; encouraging teacher, counselor, comforter, or consoler; defense-attorney, judicial-advocate, or court-intercessor, b) Matthew 13:22; Mark 4:19.
So I asked the Lord, “How can I have this peace?” And He said, “Be IN love WITH Me; Be IN My love FOR you.” Wow, now that is a Lover! So, I proseuchomai conversationally-prayed: “Lord, keep your prophetic rhema words in me, so that I won’t forget, get caught up in my cares, and be afraid. Remind me to go inside the massive Fortress-Rock of your unconditional-love, inside You, to find safety and peace from the incessant crashing wind and waves of this world and its sin. Remind me to speak with your authority, ‘Shut your mouths up in the name/authority of Jesus! Shut up!” Amen!
Well at 3 pm today I talked with Obamascare – the ‘tribulation’ of the previous BLOG – and it went so smoothly. They knew exactly what to do, what form I needed to upload from last year’s taxes, and I’m back on track. But right before I talked with them I felt the devil coming after me with fear and I just rebuked him and said, “I’m not worrying about this because I’m in the Lord’s hands. Away from me, in Jesus’ name/authority!” I kept my peace and I’m really excited for the rest of the day. Praise the Lord!
As Christian musicians, let’s not lead people to our church, pastor, worship-team, or choice of songs. Let’s lead them to infinite Unconditional-Love, the singular fruit, essence, nature, and definition of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit so that people can genuinely, experientially, relationally epiginosko know God and not just have gnosis bible-information about Him! Only then will they ever experience the other ‘flavors’ of this “New Wine” of the Spirit (a) such as “joy, peace, longsuffering-regulated-patience, kindness, goodness, faith/faithfulness, gentleness, and finally self-control/mastery.” Thank God that He didn’t just leave us with more “scripture” but instead gave us “the One Teacher” Parakletos “to guide us into ALL the truth” (b) so that “with the anointing you ALL eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know so that you have absolutely in fact no need that any person teach you” (c). Thank God for prophetic rhema words! <Notes> a) Matthew 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37-38; Acts 2:13, New Covenant Ways – BT10, b) John 16:13, c) 1 John 2:20, 27.
Thank You Jesus for being the Vine that we need “only meno stay-connected or cohabitate-with in order to produce much fruit to the glory of the Father.” Thank You for keeping it that simple for little children and the other “least among us.” Lord, continue to teach us as “the One Teacher,” by the means of Your Holy Spirit, on how to “stay connected.” With You, Unconditional-Love, inside us as we are inside You, we have all the other ‘flavors’ needed in this life!