Category Archives: Love

Radical Love…

I’ve been talking to the Lord and trying to hear just what He wanted me to write.  As I was reading my Bible I came across some verses that absolutely changed the way I look at how God loves me.  It’s not something I have never read before or never heard preached but I think God decided I just needed to see them in a different light.

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Here goes: Romans 8:35 and 38-39 (NLT); “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?…And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.  Neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Wow…is that some awesome kind of love or what? The creator of the universe has let us know that the only thing that can keep us from His love is ourselves.  It means that just because we may be going through a bad time, or maybe we don’t have any one we can depend on, or we’re not in the place we thought we would be; God loves us more than we can even imagine.  And He loves us with a love that is eternal.  He sacrificed His own Son for you and me.

The question He kept placing in my heart was—’Are you trying to love others…the way I love you?’ I must admit that sometimes this can be difficult for me.  I try really hard but whether it’s impatience, busy schedule, being tired, or just not having a good day—I can sometimes not love people the way I should.  And something else Jesus has let me know; not only is it to love the people close to me but it is also to love people who my flesh might not want to love.

How difficult is that? Very. Just ask yourself about someone you have had issues with. They may have hurt you in some way…is it easy to love them?  I didn’t say—like.  You don’t have to go to lunch with them…but have you spent time in prayer for them?  Do they know Jesus as their Savior?  If not, are you asking Him to touch their heart so that they won’t die lost?  If their saved, are you praying that they can come to a better understanding of what God’s love is?

Doing that sounds difficult doesn’t it? Without Christ—it is.  But for us to emulate Him, we have to try.  Our focus in this day and age should be people, not who they are, where they’ve come from or what they’ve done…but on where they are in Christ.  What is their focus on…who do they look to when things aren’t exactly right?  Yet how can we show them Jesus if we don’t love them?  If we treat them differently because of the way they’re dressed, the places in life they’ve been, or the amount of money they may or may not have.  That’s not they way that God loves us.  Let’s take a closer look at how we ‘see’ others.  Let’s try a little harder to love more and judge less.  Let’s let nothing come between us and showing others the kind of love God shows us.

My prayer is that each time I look in the mirror I see more of Jesus and less of me. I want to love the way He does.  I want to see people through the eyes of Christ.

Teach Me to Love Like That!

“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.