No more mixing words, no more questions about where I stand or what I believe in.
I believe in love.
God is love, His greatest gift is love, and the greatest commandment is to love, followed by the second greatest commandment – which is to love.
I am not one for picking choice selections of Verse to make a point, but this really gets to the quick of the matter:
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us his Spirit.
— 1 John 4:7-13 (NIV)
We do not need to bow to hate… to decide not to hate… to even consider hate… to give hate an inch of our consciousness. We have love. Perfect love! We should want to fill our cup with love, leaving no room for anything else.
Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.
Anger at wickedness is right and appropriate, but the response needs to be love. Everyone has the power, but not one of us has the authority to decide who gets to share in God’s love. None among us can take His love away, yet every single one of us gets to share it. The fact that we get to share the love given to us should be our greatest source of joy and the driving force to share that love with others.
Perfect love drives out fear, because fear is all about punishment. God’s perfect love gives us freedom to love, and freedom in love. The way we love is an internal decision, a one-on-one discussion held in private between the Creator and His creation. This is the central idea behind “How goes your walk?” (tell me about your relationship) – contrast that with “How much do you love God?” (give more) or “Have you been saved?” (believe more). It is clear that our human view of equality is not the same God’s equality, and we expect justice to look different. God uses a completely different form of currency in his “economy” of justice: love.
The the hardest thing to master: If something you say or do does not come from love, then it does not come from God. This happens all the time, to all of us… but it should not be so.
I believe in love, recognizing where authority lies, and striving to give power back to that authority in all things and in all ways. Thank you God, for loving us first. I will love you, love others, and know that is why were created.