In some ways it’s the height of comical irony that a culture such as ours so steeped in the worship and reverence of love could have it so wrong…

but it does.

It’s often confused with sex, perhaps as a result of the perception that it’s somehow inherently explained by the misleading commonly used expression

“make love”.

Sadly, many settle for the red-headed step-child of love “attention” primarily because we don’t really know the difference. Children, both young and old, act out in bad behaviors that are really just cries for help or for “love”.

It’s sometimes described as a feeling, but that’s kind of like saying Gods creation is God and then worshiping “it” instead of Him. We’re told that love is a choice, which is true, but how does that help us to make loving choices? We’re inundated with a constant flow of dis-functional concepts and examples from every possible source! Through the song lyrics that brainwash us daily all the way back to the fairytale stories that were read to us as children.

I feel very comfortable in saying that all of the most screwed up things that you and I have done in our lives are directly related to our misunderstanding of God and of love, and our search for both.

Almost invariably, mans search for love and his quest for the understanding of it are motivated only by his selfish desires to marshal it’s great power for his own purposes. Man has become a master at peddling illusions and perpetrating lies on his fellow man in order to get what he wants. One is seen as being successful in this life by demonstrating an ability to manipulate others and more importantly to convince themselves that it’s love that they’re offering. None of which would be possible apart from the basic ignorance about the true nature of love that’s so prevalent. We’re like blind people feeling around in the dark who are stung, bitten and burned as a result of working through a process of elimination hoping to find the real thing.

As unfortunate as ignorance is,there’s still cause for hope in that ignorance can be dealt with through simple knowledge. Whats most unfortunate are those of us who have allowed fear to take hold of our spirits. In acting out of fear we acknowledge our own personal insufficiency by believing that we are the source of our limited provision. We’ve been taught to look out for number one which is of course ourselves because if we don’t who will? certainly not a benevolent God, afterall, everyone knows that God helps those who help themselves right?. But in truth, God helps or comes to save those who absolutely cannot help or save themselves!

And that’s exactly the work I believe God is wanting to use His church to accomplish!

God Is Love!

As His representatives and ambassadors, disciples and followers, evangelist’s and ministers, church members and children, shouldn’t we have, based on our personal relationship with Jesus, a much greater familiarity with love than those who don’t or who aren’t any of those things?

Love is the answer!

Perhaps we as the church have forgotten that. We live in the midst of a world full of people who are crying out for answers, are we prepared to give them? Shouldn’t we be the ones teaching the world about love?  This world is a vineyard ripe for harvest, and the only real preparation necessary for us as Christians is to truly receive that love and those answers first ourselves! How can we say that we know the Lord, or that we’ve accepted Christ as our Savior, and then stand idly by in the presence of so much need in our own assigned area’s of mission field earth?

We’ve been given the perfect example of what love is in Christ.

I don’t think there’s any way that I personally could ever be thankful enough for what He did for me. If I really mean that, then what does it mean?

We need more than a “revival” what we need is a revolution! A love revolution…

And since love is an action word, a “verb”, that means we need to shift our focus away from merely talking about it week in and week out to one of making some thoughtful plans to implement it in some way scratch that, every way possible! I’m not talking about some token “feel good” project that doesn’t require much from us. What I’m suggesting here is that we work in earnest the great harvest that’s been prepared before us! Just as Christ held nothing back on our behalf, How can we do any less?

We can make the most of the opportunity before us by bringing everything we have to bear on this Kingdom battle for the souls of those around us who our Heavenly Father dearly loves!

Or we can listen to fear…

It’s a choice each of us has to make,there is no way to “abstain”

We can either choose to live in love or be imprisoned by fear.

We can choose to serve the One True God and His Kingdom…

Or be a slave to the one who opposed Him and who is also our enemy.

Is that a problem?


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9 thoughts on “The Problem…

  1. Beautifully written. A lot of people don’t know the difference between love properly so-called (an action) and love, more properly called wuv, (a feeling). It’s one thing to know the difference and quite another to live it, unfortunately. At least, I’m struggling and my church friends admit to struggling. You’re right we need a love revolution. Every Christian needs it before we can ignite the world.

    1. Thanks David, Thanks for your comment.

      “I’m struggling and my church friends admit to struggling.”

      We all have to keep our eye’s on Christ, and with each others help and Godly leadership we can walk by faith!

  2. I’m struck by the number of times the word “love” follows “faith” in the New Testament, Jeff.

    Personally I believe there’s very little love in many Christians, because there’s very little faith. Great post.

    Roger

    1. Thank you Roger for your comment!

      “Personally I believe there’s very little love in many Christians, because there’s very little faith.”

      I’m going to use the same answer as I gave David…

      We all have to keep our eye’s on Christ, and with each others help and Godly leadership we can walk together by faith!

  3. Clearly, since I posted this ages ago, I must agree.

    http://boxlessbanter.wordpress.com/2010/06/06/love/

    The better someone knows another, the more accurate will be his/her representation of the other. This is especially true of those of us who love our LORD and wish to show His love to the world.

    God is love, and love never fails. We need to know Him better in order to more accurately represent Him to others. Those with an intimate relationship with God will show His character, including love, in ways those with only superficial contact with Him can only pretend to do.

    Unfortunately, the world makes little distinction when judging God according to His followers. We blaspheme Him when we fail to draw near to Him on a daily and even moment-by-moment basis.

    And He is our ONLY hope.

  4. Alton–

    very good post.

    I also agree with Roger that the word “love” and “faith” are seen numerous times together in the New Testament. Also, the words “faith” and “hope” are found numerous times together as well.

    And Jesus asks “However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8b

    1. Thank you Stephen, for missing me! I’m working on a new blog that I hope you’ll enjoy called “Easy Does It”

      Here’s a sneak peek…

      We have a tremendous tool that we don’t use nearly enough! It has the power to pull us out of the miry clay we’re stuck in and out of the worst thorns and thickets we could ever hope to find ourselves. It can lift all of those heavy burdens we’re carrying around ourselves, put them on a truck, and deliver you from the need to ever fear them again! What is it?

      Hopefully I’ll have it done tomorrow night!

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