In my life I can think of the main two ways I have seen folks look at God:
#1 As a everywhere at once Cop. Out to ruin fun. Out to destroy a good time.
#2 A peaceful old man who sits on high hoping for good things for us.
And yet it’s so simple compared to either of those, God is Love. So I guess that could lead to the question is if God is Love, what is Love? Where does Love draw the limits? Where does Love go to little or too much? Well how does even the world describe love? Well let’s look at ol Dictionary.com:
Love: a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
So personal attachment, deep affection or caring. I’m not talking lust, or how the world sometimes ultimately defines love, but personal attachment and deep affection work just perfect for even a basic/simple description from the world, but how does God’s word describe Love? I think this sum’s it up:
John 3:16-21 -“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
To give one’s only son? Sure some could argue “He’s God, He could just make another Son.” but ask yourself the question if you ever lost a child, does simply getting pregnant and having another child ever fill that loss? Does it stop you missing the child you COULD of known? Just as you consider your children amazing gifts and additions to your life, thats how God felt about His own Son, and thats how He feels about us, wants none of us to be lost.
So what is the picture of God I am trying to show? Like the subject of this post says “God is Love. Simply Right?” it is, and yet what would you do for love? I mean look what God did for Love, look at the reach He did to save us – gave up a child He loved! But some say that Jesus in His time on Earth was mellow, was this loving guy who went around making food, healing and just being an all around great Guy, and he did amazing signs and wonders for sure, but I think its funny folks leave out this instance where Jesus lost it:
15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts.
17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written:
“ ‘My house will be called
a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”
18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.
Not a picture of Jesus we always get. I mean throwing tables and chairs? It wasn’t an episode of WWF and He Andre the Giant, no this was a man that was in the Temple and saw a cancer, a blemish, a sin – He saw people tearing down what His Father had created, and He responded – where’s that halo and glowing peaceful man we all see Jesus as sometimes? He wanted to bring restoration to His Father’s house, and that meant getting the garbage out by whatever means it took.
So to that end think about the ends not only God went to but Jesus as well to clean out the temples of our lives, to pay the price of death which is the end result of sin, but if to be a “Christian” is to be Christ-Like, shouldn’t we equally desire to rescue those we love from a life of sin? Shouldn’t we desire and encourage them to live a life pleasing to God? Should we not sacrifice everything, down to our own lives to help clean out their temple? Because the word even says that quite simply:
19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
So why shouldn’t we be prepared to confront sin in our own lives as well as others? I am not saying we need to judge, tear down, scream, and really just hurt people, but we should with love, with peace, with a desire and passion for those we Love be encouraged to be Light in their lives to bring about change.
We all have things in our lives that are a clear sins, but the word says there is NO ONE righteous not even one! We have ALL sinned – even little ol me writing this, I’m not perfect, you reading this are not either! (Sorry if that’s a shock!) And some might say “Chuck aren’t we supposed to not judge others?” Exactly, the word says that clearly in Matthew 7:1 – but there is a difference between Judgement and Caring about someone – but the catch 22 in being bold to encourage someone out of a sinful lifestyle? Conviction & The Devil.
Appearance is a big thing, folks don’t want folks to see things that are faults, short comings or just plain ol big mistakes, but Sin is one of those things none of us want others to know were in, I mean even the verse above in John 3 notes that “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” – that last word sums it up so good. EXPOSED! Sounds like a breaking story about a celeb who got naked photos leaked on the internet – its embarrassing, its shocking, its to coin a phrase the kids use now days “ITS EPIC!” – and it makes the journey to encourage someone from a life of Sin to a life of Blessing and Good things a difficult one, but none the less important.
So what am I getting at here? God is Love? Yes. Completely is, but sometimes even within love there is correction, there is moments that are rough, but love can overcome the awkward it can overcome harsh words, it can rise above it all, but sometimes things are done in love, even my dad spanking me as a kid, it was done to correct a behavior that wasn’t one he wanted to see me continue, and I remember being upset at my dad sometimes, but as an adult I look back and realize my dad was helping, he wasn’t wanting to bring me pain, wasn’t wanting a wack on my behind to harm me, but to re-direct me from the life he feared I could have if he didn’t offer re-direction.
Does God have someone on your heart or mind? Is there a word for someone He has laid on your heart? Are you afraid of how things will end? Worried they’ll never talk to you? Worried they’ll remove you from your favorite social network? Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you love them?
- Do you want what’s best for their life?
- Is your comfort more important than showing them love of helping them out of a stronghold the devil has them in?
God is Good, and He never said this life would be easy, He never said it would be rainbows, glitter and unicorns – there are things in life which may be uncomfortable, there maybe things in doing what He asks us to do that cause discomfort for a season, but in the long run, the results can truly be life changing not only to US – but to those He gave us a word for! Be a person willing to LOVE enough to help a loved one out of sin.
Have a blessed Weekend!