The "I Love You" Room
In this room, we become secured in God's love for us.
We spend time soaking in His love for us. We were designed for love, and we all long to be loved.
We know that we are loved by Him but we need to become unshakable in it. In The I Love You Room, God says, "Don't stop going into the ‘I Love You' Room. You need to go into this room everyday. You need to know how loved and cherished you are by Me.”
Give us this day our daily bread...
I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
Jesus was the greatest Lover because He was the greatest Hoper in the redemptive power of His Father. The substance of Jesus is abiding in human beings. There’s a fallen nature, but there’s also a power of God that’s greater. It's greater to redeem a person than the enemy’s ability to deceive a person.
LOVE CREATES APPRECIATIVE EYES. Who is this Jesus? How did He hope in human beings? We have to go there, and we have to see His Eyes. Jesus speaks love to a woman with five husbands (Jn. 4). He hopes in an adulterous woman (Jn. 8). He goes to Zacchaeus, a fallen, greedy business man who stole from people and cheated them (Lk. 19). Yet Jesus considered these people His friends (Mt. 11:19; Lk. 7:34).
About the very ones who put Him on the cross, He said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Lk. 23:34). To the very one that kissed Him on the cheek, He turned him over and called him “Friend.” He said, “You betray me with a kiss, friend.” (Mt. 26:50; Lk. 22:48).
“Friend,” Jesus replied, “do what you came for."
Jesus takes these ones in John 13 and kneels down and washes their feet. He says, “I am a loving Leader, and I am going to hope in you. I will hope in your calling and your destiny” (Jn. 13:34, paraphrased). Jesus knew they would betray Him. Not just one, but all of them would fall away. It didn’t change a thing. He hoped in the reality of who they were to become. They do all betray Him, and then they do not show up at the tomb because they can’t believe the testimony (Mk. 16:11).
But Jesus shows up in the upper room (Acts 2). He goes right to His uneducated, inexperienced betrayers, and turns them into world changers! Because those who have been forgiven much, love much (Lk. 7:47). Those who have been hoped in, and believed in, who had been greatly hopeless, and then acted out of that hopelessness in earlier years, will be some of the greatest nation changers that have ever been.
See, I am doing a new thing...Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
In the I love You Room Jesus extends an invitation for you to not just "look after" people, but to "look at" them. You will not just look over their heads; you will look into their eyes, with your Gift of Appreciative Eyes and they will come alive! Your love will raise them from the dead. With this miracle gift, you will be able to look at them with such value, and they will become those great, noble men and women that they are.
From now on I will tell you of new things, hidden things unknown to you...
Then the lame will leap like a deer and the mute tongue will shout for joy.
For waters will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.
-Isaiah 35:6, 48:6
Love comes alive, conquers, and is stronger than death!