Monday, May 6, 2019

The Cure for Addictions: The Father's Love for Us

"Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine." (Songs 1:2)

What is it that people are seeking, what are they craving when they drown their pain, their sorrows, their hurts in addictions?

Whether it is sex, drugs, alcohol, music, pursuits for praise and admiration, or demand for knowledge and power, it's all about trying to get something else:


But what is the love that satisfies? The love that meets every need?

Consider what John the Beloved wrote to his fellow believers:

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (1 John 2:15)

The love of the Father --- that all-encompassing, unconditional love is essential to every one of us. It is amazing, shocking how so few of us understand this, even in the Body of Christ.

All other kinds of love are not good enough:

"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." (1 John 2:16-17)

What the world offers -- is not good enough. It does not last. It does not satisfy. It does not fulfill.

The love of Father--that satisfies, He fulfills us!

Paul prayed as much and more to the Ephesian church:

"That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." (Ephesians 3:16-19)

Conside then, what the beloved says to her Lover: "Your love is better than wine."

Whatever thing in this world you are attached, addicted to, know that His love is better, and keep receiving His love no matter what!

How do we break free of additions? We need to know the love of the Father, and we need to allow the Love of the Father into our lives! The more that we know how much He loves us, how much He has done--and is committed to continue doing--for us, the more that we are set free!

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