John 3:16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. AMPC
For God so loved and dearly prized us, He gave up His Son. God’s love is an action of giving. Love defined in the Word of God (1 Corinthians 13) is serving, preferring the other person, keeping no record of their wrongs, and thinking the best of every person. God’s love never ends, never gives up or becomes obsolete.
If God loved us and gave, how much more than as imitators of His should we love?
Ephesians 5:1 Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father]. 2 And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance. AMPC
God said this to me one day, “I need you to care about what I care about. I need you to love those I love, not just your immediate family, but all of My children.” I needed to hear that because I really and truly didn't care about those I didn't know as much as I did my own family.
Of course I had to ask God to give me that love for His children, and He did. When He did I had so much more compassion and I could see things I couldn't see before I asked for that love He was calling me to. Now I could not only see and have compassion for His children, but I was equipped to minister to those God was calling me to love.
God is calling us to do His greater works of love, but we can’t do His work without Him—without His love. If we believe we will be willing to act out what we say we believe. We will love His children by asking Him for that kind of love which will equip us then to do what He was doing and even more.
John 14:12 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.AMPC
Many times we are calling out to God to heal our loved ones, to save them—and God is saying, I am sending you. If you believe, you will act as Me and love as I love— you can do My greater works!
In our actions of love, God will use us to bring healing and salvation. As we sit before Him we can hear Him to direct us and correct us so that we are equipped to go for Him.
God is calling all of us to go for Him and as soon as we accept that invitation God will start correcting us so that we can be that vessel of honor He is calling us to. To do His greater works, to be apart of what He is doing in this last day.
2 Timothy 2:21 So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work. AMPC
We have to be willing to be corrected,to let Him cleanse us so we can love like He loves. Love is His law, love is the greater work, and Love (the action of love) will bring about His will.
If we don’t have love, if we are not willing to be cleansed, then we will be a critical spirit and be against God, not for Him.
It hurts God when we criticize His children in whom He is in love with. We have to stop thinking for ourselves and be willing to find out what the Father is thinking.
We have to get to that place of being cleansed and that can only happen when we spend time searching the Father's heart to know what He thinks and how He feels. Knowing God’s heart allows us to be able then to serve Him and those He loves.
Being corrected is experiencing the Father's heart and the love He has for His children. Hearing Him express His pain when you have just spoken evil of one of His own will surely change you and how you love.
God doesn’t love you or I more than any of His other children and when you and I get that right, we can move into being a vessel of honor.