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Wednesday Devotional: God's Direct and Indirect Love

Mark 12: 30-31

I experienced a lovely dream last night, one that illustrates how God directly and indirectly loves us.

In the dream, I was given a quiz. Which can God love more at the present moment: A person now, or the same person two years from now? My dream answer was the person now, because God can directly love them in the moment and can't love a future version of the person now.

The response came back, True and False. God actually has a way of currently loving the person two years from now, through indirect love.

It was then shown how God loves people now whose love can reverberate (that was the word used) into other people into the future, until the target person receives it. In other words, a ripple effect. There was a demonstration of a pipe that ran from the present to the future. It had people in it (who looked like bubbles), where one would bounce into and love the next, who would pass on love to the next, and so forth.

I commented that it was sweet, but that surely the amount of love was gradually reduced as it went down the pipe, so that the indirect love was inferior to the direct love of God. It was admitted this could be true, but that God has multiple pipes going at the same time. So the person-in-two-years would be pelted with multiple streams of love that had been flowing toward them all along.

My grandmother used to put me to bed, saying, "Sweet dreams!" And that was a sweet one. But what does it mean now that I'm awake? Is this really how God works, using direct and indirect love?

I think yes, because when we love God and love neighbor, this dream vision of reverberation can actually take place. Jesus said in Mark 12: 30-31:

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these."

Consider loving our neighbor as God's indirect love, with His waterfall of love flowing through us to others. In this way, God provides multiple streams of love toward everyone - some directly from Him, some arriving from Him indirectly through others.

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