Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Blast From the Past: Love, Love, Love

This was first posted on Feb. 7, 2011.

The Beatles sang, "All You Need is Love". What the Fab Four didn't realize was that what they were singing was somewhat Biblical. Jesus said that the two greatest commandments were to love God with every thing we have and to love those around us as we love ourselves. I am disturbed by the lack of love I see in many who claim to be followers of the One who said that all of the commandments hang on our relationship to God and our relationship to other human beings. We claim to love God yet don't do what He commands. Jesus said that if we love Him, we would keep His commandments. We tend to do a pretty good job, sometimes, of keeping the commands that have to with praying, reading the Bible, worshipping (to some extent), or other things that deal directly with God Himself.

Where we fail is in the commands to love each other, which is where the second commandment comes in. How often do we look down on those we deem less "spiritual" than we? How many times do we pass along the latest bit of juicy gossip (although we "sanctify" it by couching it as a "prayer request")? How many in our circle have physical needs that we could meet but don't? How often do we withholdfellowship from those who don't dot their I's and cross their T's the same way we do? How many times do we show love to those within our circle yet ignore the needs of those who don't know Jesus? Why hasn't the Church taken care of the poor and needy and made the idea of a welfare state redundant?

Jesus said that everyone would know that we are His followers because of our love!

Not our Bible version,our systematic theology, our music, preaching style, or dress! Does the world know us for Who we are for, or for what we are against? Paul gives us a warning in First Corinthians 13 when he tells us that anything we might think we do for the Kingdom of God is absolutely a waste of time if we don't do it out of love.

May God give us a love for Him that overrides everything else and leads us to love those we come in contact with.

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