On One Condition…

Love.

The word often brings up many different feelings from many different people.

This week, I began to wonder if the love we talk about and give has become conditional.

Loving someone is something we often view as a hard thing. Something that takes work, time and a lot of effort.

However, what if love, in its truest form, was meant to be so much more than a struggle or time consuming act.

1 Corinthians 16:14 says it best,

“Let all that you do be done in love.”

So, you mean everything…my work, my daily chores, my conversations, my actions, my attitudes should all be done in love?

What a transforming thought.

Everything I do should reflect love.

Now just when you think that I’m trying to throw you under the bus while I sit and watch, think again. I struggle with this thought of “all that I do” should reflect love.

Sometimes, love doesn’t fit in my schedule. Sometimes love isn’t first on my priority list. Often love is just too much work…

Really, what we are saying is:

God doesn’t fit in my schedule.

God isn’t my top priority.

God is too much work.

When did we take God and turn Him into a conditional form of love?

1 John 4:8 says that “God is love”.

Without God, there is no love. 

So the truth is, the world is not capable of love if they do not know God.

So love, by their definition, is not love at all.

So what does love look like?

It looks like compassion, humility, peace, strength, mercy, Grace… It looks like the face of Christ.

Love has a face, and it’s His own.

Recently, we had a tragic event take place in our community which made me realize just how love, by the world’s standard, is circumstantial.

Throughout conversations with others during this time, I began to realize that the world has lost sight of the face of love.

Instead of living a life of love, we have turned to small acts of service to encompass the love we have for a certain person or situation.

When Jesus portrayed Love, He did not sit in a room and simply send cards, flowers, gifts and such all while letting His love run short. 

This is not to say that these things are all bad (in fact, there are ministries based on these acts) but when our love turns into just simply these things, we have to examine, is it really love?

Jesus ran to where His love could be shown through Himself. He allowed His life to be Love.

And the best part is, others took notice and chose to follow after that kind of love.

That is true discipleship, that is true love.

So, what love are we portraying to the world around us?

Does our love run dry while we “assume” we are loving through our small acts?

Love is a lifestyle.

Love is The Way.

Love is God and God is Love.

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