Monday, 18 March 2013

Only with God's Love

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son[a] into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for[b] our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1John 4:7-12
Almost fifty years ago the Righteous Brothers popularized the song “You’ve Lost That Lovin Feelin”.  As a marriage counselor I hear the words to that song with regularity, though the melody may be different.

If the word love is a noun and it means that love is essentially a feeling that one can lose, it raises some questions about the Great Commandment found in Matthew 22: 37-39

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it “ Love your neighbor as yourself.”

It seems as though where the Lord is concerned, love is a divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, volitional, and thoughtful verb. God is love and as the Scripture says, “love comes from God.”  The Holy Spirit living in us enables us to love our neighbor, not to mention our spouse, kids and the cantankerous boss we work for.

So if I am not feeling loving I need to ask myself, “Self – has God withdrawn His love from me?”  Surely the answer to that question is no, not if I have accepted Christ as my savior.

As someone once said, “if you are not sensing God’s presence, guess who has moved?”  My ability to love my wife comes from the Spirit so if I am not loving my wife as I should there is a reasonably good chance that I am not spending time in God’s Word, I am not spending time in prayer, and I am not spending time with those in community who can be a source of encouragement.


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