I feel as an unarmed man when I get in a discussion with others about theology. Maybe that is why I write instead of preach. I am better at the written word than the spoken word. Too many times I so wish I could have gone back to a conversation and speak what I know to be the truth as opposed to the Law. God’s law was a guide for sinners to take heed of and try to be righteous on their own. Without Jesus, this was the only way righteousness could be attained. God realized this problem not too long after the world began, that without a savior, we cannot, on our own, be righteous and free from our sin. This is the reason He sent us Jesus; to take our sins, and to establish a relationship with His children, as He had intended in the beginning. He wants us to be free from the world around us, and lean on and Love on Him.
Without His love, I found that I was incapable of loving others. I did not know what Love was until the day I died the old me and he changed me forever. Since my rebirth, I have found how imperfect our feeble attempt of Love really was. I said the words “I love you” a thousand times, but was ready at any minute to turn and walk away from those I “loved”. I didn’t love, truthfully I had no idea what it meant to really Love someone, until Jesus, showed me. Now, though others were not fond of being second fiddle to
Jesus at first, those loved ones know that my love now, is something they never had from me before.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8.(NKJV)
Before I go along I need to break this down to show you about this Love that I do not think has permeated the hearts of most men and women. Words in the bible get lost as we seek our own definition to suit ourselves. As men we do just that, we seek our own for our own satisfaction. Even those of us who are saved and know Jesus in such an intimate way, we still seek our own and get frustrated in the disciplines. Love, as we see it in our minimal aspects resonates around family and even as far as friends maybe. Far be it for us to embrace the murderer on death row and express true love to him. Far be it for us to express our Love to those who have wronged us personally in the past, be it an old girlfriend, a car accident that took part of life away as we knew it. From the book Miracle at the Garage, I found myself in unfamiliar territory when after receiving my salvation from Jesus Christ. 18 months after my salvation when praying one night I heard the direction of the Holy Spirit to go back to a men’s group I had departed for good as far as I was concerned. But as far as God was concerned I was not done there. As the sound of obedience echoed in my mind, I succumbed to the awesome pressure of the Lord and I went back to that men’s group at the Garage ministry. Then only to be reintroduced to the man who had previously struck me in a hit and run accident two years earlier while I was on my bicycle. In a flash as if I was not in control of my sense, but something supernaturally took hold of me and I threw my arms around him and gave him my unconditional love right then and there. God primed me for this encounter by having my neighbor bring me a book about forgiveness just the week prior and I finished it the night before. That is the Love we need to harbor in our hearts. It is time to get serious about this Love. With this God Love you will find, that in extending forgiveness to those who have harmed us in the past, you will find yourself loving the loveless, and furthermore, showing Jesus to the least of these.
Though we may have the gifts spoken of in 1 Corinthians 13, but do not have Love we are worth nothing. As God delves out the gifts to us in our ministry, and if we use them, but do so without love, we are nothing to be remarked of. What good is anything in this world or the next without Love? Answer me please. Simple pleasures of money, fame, friendships with strings, material possessions that drain the supply of cash, do nothing but keep food from the mouths of those we are supposed to be showing Jesus to. Tears are flowing now as I sit and write thinking about that loss of Love on this earth, though we say we Love. Wake up people, we don’t know Love, we act it out on the pretense of what we were handed down by our parents before us, that’s not Love.