Tired and yet not sleepy. Heart full and yet partially burdened. On my mind? My adaptation of 1 John 3…Whether you read on or not – I’m writing this for me. In fact – long or short – most of my posts and quotes are posted by me for me. If they add value to you – then that blesses me even more and brings me joy.
The question on my heart –
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER?
Whether or not you believe Jesus was God is not the question. The question is what does it truly mean to love one another. He lived – He loved.
That is documented.
If you love people – or want to be loved – then this post applies to you.
WHAT IT’S NOT
Jesus didn’t teach us to be the judge of one another, segregate ourselves like dissonant chords, or look down on people that don’t look or think the same way we do.
You can’t build yourself up by simply propping yourself by standing on top of others.
You can’t love one person or group of people at the expense of someone else. We’ve got one world. Harmony –> order –> peace –> unity.
Some people thought (and hoped) that Jesus came to lead a rebellion – to fight the government – to cause an uprising for one group against another. No. No He didn’t. He came to remind us of where we came from and how to get back there again. He came to remind us that we have a mission here to accomplish and that love never fails. It never gives up. He didn’t say “hey – love your one group and forget those other people.” No – he said if someone needs your coat give it to him, if you have never sinned then go ahead and cast a stone upon a sinner, pay your taxes, respect your leaders, live justly, if you thirst come to Him, believe in the way, truth and life, don’t bury your treasures, welcome people into your home and heart, ask and you receive, believe and you live, eat bread and drink of a cup as symbols of a broken body and shed blood – in Remembrance of the truest love ever known. Oh – and when you least expect anything – miracles happen. Daily.
His love is truly incomprehensible – higher than any mountains and obstacles we try to overcome. It’s stronger than any evil, negative, or discouraging situation that we face. We can’t love like that – but what’s the harm in trying to love better than we do right now?
All Jesus asked us to do was believe in Him and what He taught, to love God with ALL of our heart, soul and mind – and to love each other and to live a life worthy of living and that when we daily fail – it’s ok – because He came to save us from the evils of this world. Forever and ever.
CONFUSION AND HOPE
Sometimes it truly baffles me that some people hate Him so much. Why? What He taught was solid and loving and good. I want to be more like Him. I want to see Him. I want to daily know Him more and be known by Him.
While you may believe in something different – I believe Christ was sent from God as His son, that He came to bring us closer to Him, that He lived a virtuous, loving and sin-free life, took my burdens and sins upon Himself, died a torturous death more vile than many will ever come close to experiencing – and He will come back again for ME – and for YOU. There is no greater love than that.
BELIEVE IN LOVE.
For those who already believe – those who may not know – or those who want to know…keep reading.
From the beginning – this is the teaching He taught: We MUST love each other.
EVIL AND DESTRUCTION
So many people today are living like Cain. He is a guy who killed his brother. But why did he kill him? His brother was a good person. Cain was filled with darkness.
So many people today are filled with jealousy, negativity, tension, contemptuous attitudes, pride, hate and divisiveness. These things chip away at people. It’s destructive.
People who are hurting try to overcome that hurt by hurting other people. What’s the good that comes from that? Nothing.
If you don’t like living here – move. If you don’t like our leaders – vote (or run). If you don’t like your neighbor – pull the log out of your own eye long enough to see if who you really don’t like is who you see in the mirror.
MAN IN THE MIRROR
If you want to make the world a better place – take a look at yourself and make a change
(thank you M.J.)
Sometimes when you don’t co-sign with toxic people and their attitudes or poison – and they see you loving them anyway – they just can’t accept it. So, don’t be surprised when the people of this world hate you.
Seek them out anyway. Love anyway. Life here is short. Once we shed the skins of the world and realize that we have a mission here to love and to add value to people, and that it is not for our credit but for God’s glory – we can find a peace that is unexplainable.
This is serious stuff. Anyone who does not love is still in death.
Anyone who hates is like a murderer. Taking from people with nothing to gain but hurting someone. That’s no way to spend time here planning for Where we are going.
This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave HIS life for us. So we should give our lives for each other. Don’t get confused by this – it doesn’t mean to kill yourselves for someone.
Suppose a believer who is rich enough to have all the necessities (what you need) in life runs across a person who is poor and does not have even basic needs.
What if this rich person does not help the poor one? Is there a capacity for God’s love to reside in that person’s heart?
You may not be able to help everyone. But you can help someone. Even if that someone is your OWN SELF.
MY HURT HURTS BUT HEALS
I have truly struggled lately with trying to understand why some people’s words don’t match their actions. That hurts me. In my reflection time I started to wonder if I am guilty of the same.
When I’m hurt – I’m sure I hurt–Others. I know I’m not nice or kind to every single person. I do not spend all 24 hours in day to the fullest service of my true purpose. I daily fail. Thankfully and mercifully I accept forgiveness and grace – undeserved and unearned. Just given – through love.
You have certainly heard the saying actions speak louder than words. This chapter (I believe) is where it comes from in the Bible.
Love – real love – should not be only words and talk. No, our love must be real. We must show our love by the things we do.
That’s how we know we belong to the way of truth.
DON’Ts AND DO’S
Don’t say you’re going to do something and then don’t. Don’t lead a person on to believe in you only to disappoint them or because you have selfish intentions or wrong motives. Don’t hold people hostage to you in your own negativity – even if it’s hard to let them go. Don’t be lazy. Take care of the people you are responsible to. Add value. That’s love.
PEACE AT LAST
How do you find quiet in the noise? Here’s where my peace came while reading this chapter. In verse 20 – it says that when our hearts make us feel guilty, we can still have peace before God, because God is greater than our hearts. He knows everything. For better or worse – the good, bad and ugly.
I spoil my kids. I give them just about anything they ask for. When they’re good and so precious to me I love giving to them. I also give myself to them when they are not at their best. They’re not perfect. Nor am I. But each day that I have – I want to be with them.
God knew us before we were formed. He knows everything we have ever done, ever will do and yet still unconditionally loves us. He is infinitely and abundantly more loving to us than we are to Him or to each other. He gives us more – far more – than we deserve or need.
He wants to be with us – FOREVER – and loves to give us what we ask for (when we don’t ask in selfishness). We receive it because we obey God’s commands and do what pleases Him.
WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?
God doesn’t command that we be perfect or nice every day or do everything right. He does command that we believe in his Son Jesus Christ, and that we love each other.
We are spirits. We came to this Earth to live in human bodies. We came from somewhere and will go somewhere. Energy cannot dissipate. It is all connected. We were created by God. He dwells within us. He gives us spiritual gifts – not to be squandered or hidden – but to be expressed by adding value to people, shining a light, and making Him known.
This world is broken. We are broken.
What the world needs is love – in a world of abundance – love is what there is just too little of.
Lord may I live with more intention and be more loving, seeking people to love and the while still loving the unlovely. Let Your love shine down brightly and abundantly to all who know you and all who seek to know. Thank you for loving me back. Amen.