A plant grows from a few, simple ingredients, water, sunlight, and food. We are the same in that we grow and live by those same things, water, warmth, and food.
A common phrase when caring for plants is “giving love to your plants” and it is the same for us. We need love in order to grow and live. The more starved of love, the more starved as a person we become. It is not a coincidence that Jesus Christ called Himself the Bread of Life, the Living Water, the Light of the World. Jesus Christ called Himself all of those titles because He is Love. He is the highest, most pure form of Love.
The Lord shows us in His creation that like plants we grow and thrive with love. There are two parts of love that we as humans operate in and if you miss one you miss out on the importance of it all. The first is the act of receiving love and the second is the act of giving love. It has to be coupled together or we miss the purpose of the whole. We are alive, and God grows by the love He gives to us through His SON Jesus Christ. We grow by giving His love to others.
Love is the strongest force in existence. Love is spiritual which is intangible but it can be shown physical to reveal the tangibility. We can love someone but they won’t know it unless we show it. Jesus Christ loves all of us and He shows it by dying on the cross for our sins and being raised to life.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for God is of love; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought to also love one another.” (1 John 4:11)
The love Jesus Christ gives to us is what makes God grow. His purpose is to multiply Himself, which is why He made man in His image and said, “Be fruitful and multiply”. God grows by placing His love in us; we grow by placing His love in others.
If we wish to live to the fullest and be filled with overflowing passion and meaning like a beautiful blooming plant we have to receive the love God gives to us and give the same to others.
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37–40)
Peace be unto you,
Guest Author | Donald Pay
Originally published on: Medium