Time of Revealing and Testing
Okay … why so much talk about loving the animals?
If you’ve been following my blog and videos, perhaps you are wondering … why am I talking so much about showing loving kindness to the animal kingdom? Some have wondered what this loving kindness toward them has to do with God and the times we are in, ironic isn’t it?
It has everything to do with the establishment of His kingdom in righteousness, truth and loving kindness.
The spirit of God that brings in and governs His kingdom within us arises like the dawning of a new day. If you are awake, of the Day, you are starting to see the glory of His presence, the expression of divine love. In the light of this perfect love, it’s illuminating what is of His spirit and what isn’t, the revealing, in order to cleanse us, to be His dwelling place. You also are seeing that this world’s ways are consumed in a very thick cloud of darkness that isn’t familiar to this love or a part of it. When the light of truth/love enters into our realm, all the hidden works contrary to God are revealed. It uncovers all the ways of this world and of our lives that are full of corruption. This is why I am talking about this love for the animal kingdom; it’s a very bright reflection I’m seeing in His light.
In revealing what is good, pure, love and of Him and what isn’t, it tests our “works” thus hearts. As God’s spirit encounters our lives and the many facets of it, it is embraced or rejected. It’s embraced if we know Him; it’s rejected if we don’t. And to know Him is to know His love.
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
How is it embraced or rejected? If we give or don’t give this divine love to others, from the least to the greatest. For, to love others is to love God. And, what we do to the least, we do to Him.
Extending divine love to all of creation for creation is our “work”. Why is it our work? Because all of us have been raised in a culture lacking this godly characteristic. Most types of love, including familial love where we learn about love, are largely contrived of self-preservation, obligation, pride, self-ambition, and to make us feel good about ourselves and to look good to others. It’s for approval, praise, lust, or to please others, which is really self-gratification. It’s a love that at its core is most concerned for itself and most motives are for one’s own advancement or benefit. This is where we all start, thus we must seek to know God’s love and truth. And only His spirit of truth can teach us for it is an inner work of the heart, mind, soul and spirit.
The ability to give divine affection is a reflection of one’s spiritual maturity as it mirrors one’s understanding of the divine nature of God and their connectedness to Him. 1 Timothy 1:5
Divine love is absolutely pure and perfect. Its only motive is to treat others from the least to the greatest perfectly. It delights in caring for others for their sake. It loves beyond itself. It cares for the suffering of others even if it’s not seemingly directly impacted. It desires every thought, word, and act to affect others in a way that is the very best for them. It loves at all times, in all situations, to all creation. It sees every living creation in loving kindness. Luke 10:25-37
So why animals? There are many reasons as I’ve spoken and written about, but here’s another. They are the least of creation, by mankind’s definition, and they are innocent. A love for the innocent and weak is the starting point of divine love ending with loving our enemies. If we don’t care for them and their suffering at our own hands, how can we love even our enemies? It’s all inclusive. We can’t truly love others and not love the animal kingdom as well. Divine love knows no boundaries. It extends to all because all belongs to God and God will fill all in all. 1 Corinthians 15:28
We are born of God when we give this divine love. This understanding is highlighted in the book of 1 John, which I read today and prompted this post. To say that we are a part of God and love Him, and yet hate others, we are fooling ourselves. To inflict harm, fear and suffering upon others is a part of hatred. To believe we can act this way and be apart of God’s perfect love is a delusion, and a very strong delusion capturing many souls.
Do we walk in loving kindness fulfilling the commands of God or do we delight in our lusts instead? How we treat others reveals our hearts and whether we know divine love or not; it is the spirit of truth testing our hearts. It is God’s love and wisdom approaching our hearts and our response is how we answered. Luke 12:45-46
When divine love defines our actions, we are a part of God. It means His seed is within us and growing. 1 John 3:9 It’s demonstrating that we have a self-perfecting mind being crafted by the spirit of God and are moving into eternal life where His righteousness and perfect love reign. We may lack awareness, but we are no longer contrary to God in our conscience, heart, desires, and motives. The spirit of God will teach us through our mistakes causing our love to increase and abound. May we humble ourselves and realize that we’ve been brought up in a world very contrary to the love of God and need to have a mind of a novice and start to learn to love.
And I can’t help but wonder if this is the beginning of the end when all is starting to be revealed and tested to bring in a new reign of righteousness upon this earth. Revelation 3:10, 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 I pray so, the suffering is so very great.