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May 11 2014 1 11 /05 /May /2014 17:07

 

"...It's the only thing that there's just too little of!” A great idea! But I don't think we, as the human race, have fully grasped the concept of Love – especially not Agape' - which is the Greek word for supernatural, God engendered LOVE – the kind that fulfills the deepest longing of every soul!

 

Oh sure, we have our human versions – which seem to cover every vista of positive feeling toward anything. We “love” pizza! We “love” chocolate or coffee! We “love” certain brand names of shoes, clothing and purses! We “love” our nation – except when we hate it! Etc. Etc. The list is virtually endless!

 

But when it comes to loving other humans as God loves humans that is a much different story indeed! Any. Other. Humans. Even those who are nearest and dearest – sometimes especially those - are subjected to a fickle, feeling oriented, wind driven, fleeting, coming and going kind of sub-par “love” from us. We just can't seem to help ourselves! Most of the days of our lives – before we have grown into a mature conscious, deliberate kind of love - love comes and goes without our permission or conscious decision it would seem! But all is not lost – because that is not all there is – there is God's more excellent way of loving!

 

His love is truly unconditional – no strings attached! This is a truly difficult concept for humans because our insufficient brand of love always has some condition – conscious or not! Let's face it, we only invest our hearts to the degree that someone else will invest theirs! And if we find that the balance is lacking on our end – that is – if we perceive that we are not receiving the love which we feel we are putting out – we tend to withdraw it until the balance is corrected!

 

Unless, as too often occurs, we are on some kind of self punishment trip (which is a kind of mental illness and should be addressed immediately). But seriously, about that, the human nature will often endure any kind of self-inflicted misery - (which can include, but is not limited to, the generating of unhealthy relationships in which we can maintain the image of the suffering underdog) - rather than receive the gentle correction of God! I don't understand it, but I have experienced it over and over again, and observed it in others! But neither the “balanced”, humanly sensible approach, nor the unhealthy self-afflicting approach can come anywhere near God's original intended design for this concept known as “Love”.

 

Also, the other difficulty which we face as natural, fallen beings, is a matter of misplaced faith. “Doubt and unbelief” – it is called in the religious/spiritual realms. That is, we don't really believe what God's Word has said about His love for us – that His love is unconditional. Our belief is rather placed in our own experiences, with which we have been sadly conditioned! This is mainly because wetend to mix up the concepts of “reward” and “love” - while God keeps those concepts entirely separate from one another! But, you see, as fallen humanity we tend to reward those for whom we have positive feelings – those who have behaved in such a way as to make us feel better about ourselves – those who are accepting and encouraging, for example. We tend to reward them with kindness, consideration and often gifts! We have an unspoken, “you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours”, kind of agreement with most of those whom we choose to relate. And we relate closest to those who pick up on what constitutes “back-scratching” for us most quickly, while avoiding those who tend toward requiring more than they extend!

 

While, on the other hand, God can and does love even those whom He can not reward! God only rewardsobedience! But He lovesthe most disobedient scoundrel out there! We have a difficult time sorting that one out! To us – though the Word of God is clear in pointing out that “Whom He loves He Loves He disciplines” – because of our fallen spiritual status – the idea of discipline or punishment has become, for most of humanity, the very antithesis of love!

 

That is most likely because we have experienced it at the hands of someone who applied correction in a most unloving way – and it has permanently discolored how we see it! I would have to honestly say that the way I have received – and given – correction over the years was extremely lacking in love! Much of it was anger driven – in my case. And sometimes – looking back – that was because of the frustration of receiving correction that was unloving – judgmental, harsh, extreme, void of understanding or discernment – which short-circuited God's healing work in my very damaged soul! Nevertheless, it is true. Love and reward are two separate issues, when it comes to spiritual life in God.

 

Learning to love as God loves is among the finer Spiritual Arts! And though it is not humanly achievable, the secret is amazingly simple – “We must decrease, so that HE can increase”! That's right. Our human, limited, damaged, shattered, ruined characters – with which we are born onto this planet – must be allowed to die so that His life, love, joy, peace, etc. can live through us! Put another way - the negative flesh must be displaced by His “positive vibes” - by His ALL-GOOD being. Which means that the profane, ugly, leering, lustful human nature must be entirely displaced by His HOLY, clean, beautiful, gracious, loving character – before we are able to Love as He does! This does not happen overnight, nor does it “just happen” without our deliberate submission. But neither can we, by straining or working, cause it to manifest!

 

Our part is simply to sign up, show up and obey! He will do the rest! As we absorb His Word into our system daily – it begins to displace the seeds of the sinful fallen nature that naturally rule our thought processes – and it begins to reset our belief structure – to tear down ungodly strongholds and to build strongholds of righteousness. It is the ultimate remodeling project!

 

But it must be overseen by the Spirit of Almighty God! We only make a bigger mess by trying to rip out parts of ourselves – to which we or others find reason to object! It is supposed to be a natural outflow of our communion with Him! Not a pretentious religious act that strains to adapt all His attributes on our own! That is the main strategy of him whose job description it is to “wear out the saints”. And I know an awful lot of worn out saints due to this dilemma! But it does not have to be this way! As oil that is poured into a jar of water will displace that water, being heavier in nature – so the Holiness of God – being poured into us daily as we spend time in His Word and in His Presence – will displace the fearful, greedy, grasping, whining, entitled fleshly fallen human nature – due to the weight of His Character – the weight of His Holiness – the weight of His Glory!

 

It should not be difficult to accept the reality that we can not give out that which we do not take in! Therefore, if we are not absorbing His love every day – by taking the time to fellowship intimately with Him – then there is no way that we will be able to extend it to others! Do you find that you are still dealing with road rage and W.H.S. (Walmartian Homicidal Syndrome)? Need. More. Love. HIS LOVE. We dare not leave home (or our rooms) without it!

 

What the world needs now is love sweet love, that's the only thing that there's just too little of....”, sang the beautiful, soulful, Dionne Warwick back in the day....and she was right ….but our human answer for that dilemma is, and always will be entirely insufficient! We must receive, become, and transmit His Love if we ever hope to bring unity, order and love to this human disaster that our planet has become. We must be displaced – or replaced – by – or better put – restored to - His Character that is altogether lovely, altogether Holy and altogether GOOD! We need His Love. It is our job to get it. Our job to spread it. Well. Don't just sit there, go soak up some love!!! And have a LOVELY Day Chavarim!

 

~ Selah

Love One Another”

. . . add to your . . . brotherly kindness love —2 Peter 1:5, 7

Love is an indefinite thing to most of us; we don’t know what we mean when we talk about love. Love is the loftiest preference of one person for another, and spiritually Jesus demands that this sovereign preference be for Himself (see Luke 14:26). Initially, when “the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:5), it is easy to put Jesus first. But then we must practice the things mentioned in 2 Peter 1 to see them worked out in our lives.

The first thing God does is forcibly remove any insincerity, pride, and vanity from my life. And the Holy Spirit reveals to me that God loved me not because I was lovable, but because it was His nature to do so. Now He commands me to show the same love to others by saying, “. . . love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). He is saying, “I will bring a number of people around you whom you cannot respect, but you must exhibit My love to them, just as I have exhibited it to you.” This kind of love is not a patronizing love for the unlovable— it is His love, and it will not be evidenced in us overnight. Some of us may have tried to force it, but we were soon tired and frustrated.

The Lord . . . is long-suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish . . .” (2 Peter 3:9). I should look within and remember how wonderfully He has dealt with me. The knowledge that God has loved me beyond all limits will compel me to go into the world to love others in the same way. I may get irritated because I have to live with an unusually difficult person. But just think how disagreeable I have been with God! Am I prepared to be identified so closely with the Lord Jesus that His life and His sweetness will be continually poured out through Me? Neither natural love nor God’s divine love will remain and grow in me unless it is nurtured. Love is spontaneous, but it has to be maintained through discipline. ~ Oswald Chambers, from, “My Utmost for His Highest”

 

 

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