In a previous post, I wrote about the modern miracle of love and said that the basis of love was our knowledge of God.
I want to shed a little light on that topic now because I believe there are many who use love as a cover up because their actions say something totally different.
It is impossible to say that you really love, when you hate. You cannot follow Christ, but hate Muslims. You cannot say you have the love of Jesus in your heart and hold a grudge. And you cannot claim that you are a child of God and deliberately cause hurt to another human being.
God’s love is not limited to whether you are Black or White; Republican or Democrat; Christian or something entirely different. We are not the originators of love, God is. That means HE gets to define the concept and those who have experienced it, imitate it.
Did you catch what I said?
We love, because we’ve been loved. Not because we believe the object of the love deserves our love. We love, not because we expect something in return. We love because we know what it feels like and we are now constantly responding to God’s love toward us. We understand why we were the recipients of his love and we pay it forward.
I have a love for humanity because God does!
I love my enemies because God loves his enemies and he loved me when I was his enemy!
I love those who are less fortunate because I see and understand how God loves and takes care of them!
The only reason people don’t love is because they have taken for granted the love God has already shown to them.
The Apostle Paul explains it this way, “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly.”
It wasn’t the nails that held Jesus on that cross, it was love!
So how are you going to love?