Love is probably the most misused word in any language. “I loved that movie.” or “WOW, what a nice car, I love it.” “What a great time I love playing tennis.”
Such is not what Jesus spoke about. The love He spoke about was sacrificial, it cost to give, just as He did. His love meant being there caring, sharing, God wrapped in flesh for those He cares about.
The sin of the Church is that we cut ourselves off from each other because we value the societal norms that prohibit us from being up and close and personal with the ‘others’ pain, dysfunction and woundedness. We opt for personal privacy, the comfort of a padded ‘castle’, our homes, independence we ape the values of Western Culture that has impaled itself upon being separate at all costs even to our own hurt. Individualism is an idol propagated by a culture that thrives on self fulfillment, self promotion and self-gratification. No wonder we have so many ‘church hoppers’ who butterfly from church to church.
Many seek power to do signs and wonders, miracles and extraordinary acts.However I have this inkling inside me that somehow He just ain’t interested in what we want these days. Our motivation is wrong; our hearts are wrong and in the wrong place and in the wrong context.
I believe His purpose is to be in close relationship with Himself, that we know Him. From knowing Him He wants us to hear His voice; what He is wanting at this hour. We are to jettison our notions of how to manipulate (witchcraft) Him (seed time and harvest approach); that is God we’ll do this You have to do that. He ain’t playing our ‘laws of consequences When we find Him more important than what we want (our desires to see God move the way we want) I believe that will be the first step in the direction He is going. We will be where He is.
The hoohaa that surrounds many attempts to get God to do His stuff (we can’t do it so we attempt to manipulate the spiritual realm)I believe the LORD seeks to do such but not for the same reasons that motivate the human heart. HE, because He seeks to redeem and restore our broken humanity and He wants us close to Himself.
The Imperative of Love
10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, qthat we should love one another, 12 not as rCain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous.
13 Do not marvel, my brethren, if sthe world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren (Doesn’t that leave a lot of what we do as irrelevant?). He who does not love 3his brother abides in death (WOW, no love for each other —- death!. Maybe that is why we are having so much death in the ‘church these days?) . 15 tWhoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that uno murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
It begs the question what is ‘love’?