Friday, January 21, 2011

It's All About Love

(37) " 'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.' 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.' " (Matt. 22:37-40)

4 "If someone claims, 'I know God,' but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. 5 But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him... 6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did." (1 John 2:4-6)

"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." (Gal. 5:6)

It's all about love. God created us because of love. God called us because of love. God sent Jesus because of love. And in response, God calls us to love Him back. To love Him with everything we are...and also, to love each other. How are we doing?

Can I ask you a question? I'm asking it of myself as well. What does someone who is passionately in love look like? Think about that. A few characteristics come to mind;

- They can only think of their and night
- They will act stupid and do silly things for their love...they really don't care what people think
- They will drive long distances, or even fly, just to have a few moments with their love
- They will radically change their lives to be close to their love
- They will try to do things for their love, that they know he/she will enjoy
- They want to be loved back by their love
- They get sweaty hands and a skipping heart when they get close to their love
- A written love letter from their love is cause for delusionary, almost "drunken" behavior

Have you ever seen a friend of yours "fall in love?" Remember how they seemed to change "over-night?" Their behaviors, thought patterns, work ethic; everything got chucked out the door and suddenly nothing, not even you, mattered anymore; the only thing that mattered was them getting close to that person.

Does this describe your relationship with God?

"Love the Lord with all your heart..."

Does God want us to love Him, passionately? Yes.
Does God want us to act foolishly in pursuit of Him? I believe Yes.
Does God make room for us to partially love Him, but not fully? Hmmm. I don't think so.

You see, at the end of the day, there are only two kinds of people; those who love God with everything, and those who don't. Those who love Him with everything will do absolutely anything for Him. And those who don't, well, you know...

My prayer today is this;

"God, even though you've already done everything for me, please Lord, I ask you this one more thing; please re-open my heart to fall in love with you all over again. Strip away my selfishness, strip away my 'works-based Christianity,' forgive me for my 'luke-warmness' and help me to truly love you with everything I have; heart, mind, soul and strength. Lord Jesus, do not allow me to try to earn what you've already given me, nor allow me to believe I am not good enough for You; for both of those paths put the focus on me, not You. It's always been about You; Your grace, Your love, Your plan, Your purpose. Lord, help me to love You more. Amen."

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