Posted by: Jess | January 6, 2011

“Love Never Fails”

People aren’t easy to love. Some maybe more than others but as a general rule, people just aren’t easy to love. Why do you think the Bible deals with it on such a regular basis? Before Jesus left his disciples at the Last Supper, he reminded them:

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35

Christ loves us with an unfailing love. We may fail time and again as we try to love like He does but we still must get back up and try again.

Can we call ourselves Christians and still not love others? And what is love anyway? Paul dedicated an entire chapter (13) in I Corinthians to love and defined it in great detail:

Verses 4-7 states: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

“LOVE NEVER FAILS”

These statements are amazing and poignant! They don’t allow for much ‘riggle room. Love ignores the bad and eagerly seeks out the good. It looks at others in the best light. Always encourages; always forgives; always hopes. And we HAVE to love one another! God wants the biggest difference between ‘the world’ and Christians to be LOVE! We should be characterized by love.

Can we say we love someone and still keep a running tab of offences committed by the other? Can we say we love someone while constantly rehashing old arguments and offenses? I had someone in my life who constantly told me she loved me, often through buckets of tears, then in the next breath carefully recounting how, in some small way, I had offended her several years ago.  I had to scratch my head and wonder if she really loved me. Especially since she could name dozens of instances of some small offence in vivid detail.

As Christians we often try to come up with more sophisticated ways of propagating our own particular dogma. Our prejudice needs justification so we scour scripture and bend the verses to back up our opinions. Then we use them like weapons to steal, kill, and destroy all in the name of righteousness; sitting back in our own self-righteous pile of poo and thumbing our noses at anyone who dares cast a questioning eye.

But what have we accomplished with our righteous hail of a fiery darts? Who is there to congratulate us? Certainly not Christ!

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel—  which is really no gospel at all.” Galatians 1:6

And now we arrive at GRACE; that completely unmerited gift that our entire salvation is based on. Without GRACE none of us could be saved! And Christ offers it freely and without condition. Who are we to judge ANYONE when we, ourselves, are only justified by GRACE!!!!

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” Matthew 7:1-3

Funny how we can be so busy about the dust in other peoples’ eyes but totally miss that big ol’ plank in our own eye! My goal is to start working away at my planks and try to forget the dust I notice in others.

~Jess

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