What does God’s love look like in action? Do we automatically possess it from the moment we commit ourselves to be Christians. Does it come from going to church and a quick read-through of the Bible. God’s love can’t be conjured up. How can we show something to others that we haven’t experienced in its fullest depth and breadth?
Have you heard Sarah Bareilles’ catchy tune “I’m Not Going to Write You A Love Song”? I like it because it’s a cheeky and rebellious, while still passing as a catchy pop song. Rebellious? Okay, so she’s not starting a revolution. And it’s not an anti-war ditty. It’s just a song that refuses to give the powers that be what they’re asking for. In her case it was the record label who asked her to write a love song. Every thing she put out was rejected, until finally, she gave into the idea that she wasn’t able to just conjure up a love song out of nowhere. Once she gave in to that idea, she decided to write about it.
This week, pieces of a verse kept repeating in my mind, so I went to look it up. After a quick Google of the part I could remember, I realized it’s found in John 13: 34, 35.
“A new commandment I give to you that you love one another as I have loved you that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.”
God’s love and the ability to show it to others might be one of the most obviously missing pieces in the lives of Christians. Many have the “do this” and “do that” down, but the love is nowhere to be found. I’m just as guilty as the next guy! We read verses like the one above in John 13, and we think we need to conjure up a love song, but that’s not what God asks from us. He asks us to love others because He loved us. If we don’t love others, maybe it’s because we don’t fully understand how He loves us.
In reading, I realize I too have been trying to conjure up a love song, instead of loving in response to how I’ve already been loved.
I John 4:19 says, We love because he first loved us. So if we don’t love, the reason must be because we haven’t fully accepted love.
So, I’ve decided to embark upon a 14 –day journey of learning how to love. I’m opening myself to understand what God’s love means in His eyes.
Why don’t you journey with me? Why don’t you ask God to show you what love looks like in His eyes, instead of trying to conjure up a love song.
In fact, let me know if you want to go on this journey with me. Tell me how this love thing is going for you as we journey together.
Love can’t be conjured up. It can’t be made out of nothing. For the love of God compels us. (2 Corinthians 5:14,15)
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