“They brought you the woman, caught in the act. They said they were bound by the law. You never looked up Your words were exact…compassion was all that they saw. As she stood in judgment afraid and alone; You said he without sin, let him cast the first stone. – Teach me to love like that. When it matters most, I want to live without fear. Teach me to love like that. Keep drawing me close,’til the only clear voice that I hear. Is something that You’d say, I want to learn Your way…Teach me to love like that.” (Sung by the group Lordsong)
Revelation 3:15-16. “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my mouth!” As you read the two scriptures above did you realize that the American church is now more like the church at Laodicea than at any other time in its history. How can I say that? Because of the many societal problems our nation is facing. Addictions, hunger, divorce, fear, gangs the root of many which can be traced back to a lack of love. A lack of love of self…a lack of love of each other, but most importantly a lack of love for Jesus.
What has happened to our first love? What has happened to the fire that was first ignited in our souls the first time we really came to know, to speak to, to trust in Jesus? Why are there dying embers where there used to be roaring flames? There are probably a million different answers from a million different individuals, but there is a commonality in all. Time! Time can often be that four letter word that you hate to hear. Because quite frankly, if you’re like me, there usually just isn’t enough of it.
The Lord has really been dealing with me about my relationship with Him. Because if I don’t love Him the way I should, I can’t love myself or others the way He wants me to. Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to love others as we would love ourselves, but to do that we must have and maintain a relationship with Him. When I looked up ‘relationship’ in the dictionary this is what it said, “the way in which two or more people or groups feel about and behave toward each other.” So a good relationship is one where there is communication, interaction, praise, trust, etc., and a bad relationship is just the opposite. How is your relationship with Jesus? What kind of prayer life do you have? Can you say that you trust Him with all parts of your life? Is your heart filled with praise for who He is in your life…DAILY? What kind of interaction do you allow Him in areas of your life? Are there things about you that don’t want Him to change…to see? These are questions that I believe God is challenging us to ask ourselves, not only to ponder, but to answer so we actively stoke the fire of love in our hearts for His Son.
Time is short! Too many things are happening, that were foretold by the prophets about the second coming of Jesus, for us to pretend that we can wait a while longer. God is calling us to a higher place in Him. He wants to teach us to love like His Son. He knows that when we do, nothing on this earth can stop us from becoming the person He desires.