How are love, faith, and panties related?

I still haven’t finished reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  No, I’m not a slow reader,  just working through some stuff as I go through the book.   This love thing has really gotten my panties in a twist.    Not about loving God, but about loving others.

Do you remember what Apostle Paul said in Galatians 5:6?   

What is important is faith expressing itself in love.

So, my takeaway from the Scripture and Francis’ writing is that just perhaps my faith isn’t all that I thought that it was.  Truth be told, I’ve been struggling with the ‘love your neighbor as yourself’ (Galatians 5:13-14) for sometime now.  I have to say that there are an awful lot of folks that I find fairly unloveable.  God has been ‘pinching’ me on this and making me to see just how judgemental I can be.  If Paul was correct (and I’m guessing that he was), my faith in God is meaningless unless I can love God in a way that extends to loving others.   There is also that whole ‘salt and light’ thing (Matthew 5:13-16).  It’s hard to season those around you if you dont’ even care about them enough to be around them… and… they certainly will not see my light hiding under a bushel

So what does one do?  I’ve been talking to God about this quite a bit lately.  I’ve asked him to change my heart and give me a passion for those who don’t think like me, worship like me, treat others as I think they should, etc.  James 4:8 does say to draw near to God and he will draw near to you.  The Psalmist wrote in  63:1-5…

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you.  My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.  I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory.  Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!  I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer.  You satisfy me more than the richest feast.  I will praise you with songs of joy.

I believe that if I can love God like this EVERY DAY, then I’ll have no trouble loving those fault-filled humans whom I see as unloveable.  In fact, I bet I can stop calling them unloveable.   After all, God did put me here, at this place, now… I am called to minister to those around me and be in community.  Hard to do when avoidance is my motto.  🙂

Be blessed!

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2 comments

  1. Hi,
    Well, that is my life scripture and I have been pondering the same thing. I have good intentions many times but don’t follow through so where is my love, really?!
    You said this so well. Thank you for sharing. May the agape of Jesus so flow thru us that all we meet will know they have experienced His presence.
    blessings,
    ann

  2. Thank you, Ann. I suppose that my prayer today is that I be emptied of ‘me’ and full of ‘Him’. Vessels we are to be. Yeah God…. why does it all seem so complicated at times 🙂

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