Love is probably the most misunderstood word in the English language.
Many can quote, “God is love”…but really they mean “love is God.”
And their version of love is simply weak sentimentality. An insipid, vague, skin crawling nerdyness.
Loving God and people is the whole law of Yahweh boiled down to its essentials, and yet it is not a prescription for salvation but the consequence of it.
They love because God first loved them. The appreciation for that Spirit revelation impacts the way we see the world and all that’s in it. It prioritizes life to its essentials. Biblical love starts with God flows into His people and reaches out with conviction and courage to a world of blind, lost humanity.
Those with a left-wing socialist world view, even those within the church, love in generalities. Certain tribes and groups and causes are considered worthy of love but other groups are the inevitable tyrants who deserve only censure.
This is evident regularly as sensible people raise valid questions regarding the politics of race or sexual identification. Lazy thinking progressives auto tune onto the protected issue and lauch verbal (and increasingly legal) grenades at the “haters”.
The love of God ignores issues in His pursuit of individuals. And true biblical love is intensely personal. The man-made distinctions of humanity are ignored by the Living God as He creates a new humanity. A citizenry birthed from heaven and obeying only the proclamations of the rightful King. Men look with blinded eyes and see male and female and Jew and Gentile, black, white, Asian etc but God looks and sees twice born children spiritually alive in Christ…or not!
And the distinctives of this group are love for Christ, for one another, for truth and for all those yet to experience the grace of God in salvation.
Westerners brought up on a steady diet of Hollywood think of love either in terms of lust or a mangled mush of tolerance and carte blanche acceptance, cohabitating with a craven refusal to hurt anyones feelings.
Of course that toleration, acceptance and refusal to offend does not extend to those who won’t bow at their self-created altars.
For the cross is offensive.
It condemns man’s futile efforts at self salvation as idolatrous and useless.
It declares all men as unworthy of friendship with God.
It shuts the gate of eternity to those who will not accept His provision.
Men would much rather look to the love of an unregenerate Mother Teresa who feeds the poor and yet has no message for the poor in Spirit. http://www.challies.com/articles/the-myth-of-mother-teresa
Or a Martin Luther King who can speak with great eloquence about mans inhumanity to man and yet break his own wifes heart with his adulterous ways.http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/284968/adultery-and-politics-dennis-prager
Other icons of the left are similarly able to exalt a vague politically motivated love and denigrate with harsh discrimination anyone who offers strong, clear and accurate speech.
The totalitarian toleration that hobbles all free speech today is not love.
It is a lust for control.
It is a crushing conformity.
It is a mob mentality breathing out violence against verbal veracity.
Biblical love is straight talking and God honouring. It is not concerned with making the beloved feel a brief boost in self-esteem so much as opening the door to an eternity of esteem for Christ, in Whom is the only true freedom.
“Jesus is Lord”, is the most divisive, intolerant, flesh crushing statement that man can make, and yet it is the most loving.
To confess Christ as Lord, automatically divides. But it is the division of life for those who will renounce all the varied means of self-made salvation and accept Jesus’ offer of reconciliation with a rightly offended God.
To love Christ is far more than a tingly feeling. It is a deep passion to please Him above all others. To love God, a man will pass over all other considerations in life in His gratitude that the Creator has passed over his sin.
Loving Christ will rarely (never) make one popular amongst the sons of Adam, but the fellowship with the one true God and with all the sons of the Second Adam far and away recompense that loss. And the man or woman who loves Christ biblically and by the Spirit will look upon the once born children of the Adversary with out the jaded apathetic look found amongst the earthly race. The citizens of heaven have no desire to keep the delights of Paradise to themselves. The love overflows in the courageous and unappreciated testimony to the open Gate to heaven through the body of Christ.
The unredeemed scornfully refer to proselytising but the Ruler of the universe notes with pleasure the willingness of His Spirit born children to endure the mockery of men in their love for them and their Maker.
Men often refer today to the push for a new world order by various would be Emperors. The fact is a new world order has already commenced. The resurrection of Christ and His subsequent outpouring of the Spirit of God birthed a new world order. The true church is a congregation of a new species of men. A new creation birthed in heaven, living with an eternal perspective and fellowshipping with the Infinite Creator. They have left the ways of this sin structured world system and are now reflecting, albeit imperfectly, the perfect undiluted and undefiled pure love of a holy God.
Father your love leaves us who have been granted understanding breathless with appreciation. Although words fail to adequately express the gratitude of your rescued children we can simply say thank You; and the simple sacrifice of praise You have declared acceptable in Your sight. Continue to equip us to love more acceptably. For Jesus sake.