I know some who believe that love is nothing more than saying the word. I love ice cream. I love books. I love snowy days and fires that burn bright. We love anything just because we say we do. And yet what does what we do say about the things we say we love so very much? And the people we say we love?
2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
Love. Always. I think these are two words that should always go together. After all no matter how my oldest son may make me feel, I will always love him.. Sometimes my husband frustrates me (and I him for sure!) but we never stop loving one another. Just as God has never stopped loving us – each one of us – who was created IN His image. That’s love. How does our love show His image?
God’s love is that agape love. That love that is so deep and makes you do crazy things (like come in the flesh and die on a cross for people so full of sin…) It is unthinkable. And yet it happened. That very kind of love, so deep and true, manifested itself when He came here and walked in the flesh as the Son (flesh) of God. It is a love that we, who are called and chosen of Him, we are to show this very love – We need to be love as He loves. And that means we must be living and walking in His word. If not we cannot have that crazy and unstoppable, unimaginable love for others.
That love – that powerful and amazingly life changing love – it can also be such a thorn in our flesh. How can we love so selflessly? Especially those who have done wrong to those we love? Perhaps it is that very challenge that makes it so amazing when we show love to someone who has injured us (or someone dear to us). That His love, His grace, is shown to another in our weakness. In our inability to love another, we lean on Him, and He loves them, for us.
(It makes me think of singing….”what’s gonna work? teamwork…” Ever watch Wonder Pets? It really makes me pause – God and us – its team work or bust!)
Isn’t love amazing ? Love can do awesome things but it also is many things. That ever-quoted-so-familiar passage 1 Corinthians 13 tells us ~
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Oh how I pray for the Lord to let me show that kind of love. For His glory, not mine. How we could move those mountains; break those chains, if we just had His love in us. And if we showed it, more than spoke it.
I know. It is so much easier for me to say it than to share it. But oh how many out there need to see and feel that love. What does it mean if we can quote those verses if we do not seek to apply them? Its more than a book, this Bible, it is a way of life. A way that so many desperately need and are seeking (even though many know it not.) Love is not just a word; it is a verb. It is an action. More powerful than any other. Let us show this love in every thing we do.