What kind of love do you have? The word “love” is used in such a platitudinous manner these days, but what kind of love do YOU have? Do you know what true love is? Have you ever really loved someone? Have you ever felt truly loved? Philosophical questions, to some, maybe, but hopefully you can take a few moments to read on, and get a glimpse of what true love looks like. Let me tell you what it means to me, based on my beliefs. In I John 4:8b (King James Version), the Bible tells us that God is love. God’s character, the essence of who He is, is love. “Love” is just one of the words used to describe who He is. So we can use this statement as a barometer for measuring true love, and what it looks like. Now how do we know that “God is love” is not just a statement? Because God demonstrated his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, he died for us (Romans 5:8). That means for everybody, because all of us have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Love is sacrificial. It gives of itself. So……when was the last time that you gave of yourself, for someone else, maybe someone you don’t even know? In this present-day culture of busyness, with very little time for family, much less for a stranger, when do we make the time to love others with the “God kind of love”? We are often so consumed with our own problems, so we cannot even begin to be concerned about the next person’s issues. I have to ask myself this question on a regular basis. I am an unabashed Christian, who believes in the principals set forth in the Holy Bible, and believe that every word of it is true. Therefore, I must find myself giving importance to what is important to God. The 25th chapter of Matthew, verses 31 through 46 describes what is of great importance to God. This reading tells of when Jesus Christ will come in all of his glory, and will gather all the nations, and make the ultimate separation-the sheep on the right, and the goat on the left. On the right He will invite the blessed ones to inherit the kingdom, prepared from the foundation of the world (wow, that’s another sign of His great love-He has had us on his mind for a LONG time!). And what will be this group’s distinction? That when He was hungry, they gave him meat; when He was thirsty, they gave Him drink; when He was a stranger, they took Him in; when He was in prison, they visited Him. To those who ignored the cries of these same unfortunate and needy souls, He will place on the left, and say “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” . The righteous inquired of God, when did we do all of these things? And He replied-Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto me. Whoa. So this is what we must be doing on the earth? Not being a “good” person, as many profess to be? Not just going to church? Not making as much money as possible, to buy as much stuff as we can fill our houses, garages, storage spaces with? Not just having as much fun as we can before we leave this earth? I see now. So clearly. God wants us to have HIS kind of love. Towards the “least of these”. To the downtrodden. To the widow/er, the orphan, the addict, the poor, the single parents, the lonely, the weak, those in prison, those who are “unlovable”. This is how we glorify God. If we love with the “God kind of love”, we will fulfill the whole law-we won’t break one of the commandments! If we love God’s way, we will not serve any false God, we will not murder, commit adultery, steal, lie, covet what someone else has, or dishonor our parents. We will not be selfish. As we proceed in life here on earth, let us return to the God kind of love-this is what the world needs. I know some will say that this is simplistic, even impossible, in the midst of all of the hate and evil that seems to dominate this age. But to those I retort that we are each responsible for ourselves, and what we do. So let it begin with me/you. I pray that God will empower me to be more like Him. That I won’t ignore the cry of the needy, knowing that I have the power to help. That I will love those who are different than me. That I will even love those who do all manner of evil, even though I may not love the things that they do.
Some of you may not believe in “God”, per se, but I challenge you today to find out more about Him before continuing in your non-belief. Read the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and learn about Jesus; how he lived, died, and was resurrected. How He loved. If and then you still don’t believe, well, then, I pray that you will one day get the revelation of this “God kind of love”, and experience it for yourself……
Love, Peace and Blessings,