Without Love I Am Nothing

Monday Musings for September 26, 2016

Good morning, Musers,

I have a devotional today... and it's about love! (Yeah!) But love can surprise you. For one thing, it's harder than most people think to pull-off — to really love someone. Why? Because Jesus didn't call us to love the lovable. He called us to love the unlovable... and in my opinion, this is a defining command for the Christian because it is a differentiating command for Christianity. After all, even the pagans and tax collectors love their own... so we need to do better. We need to be reflections of our "better" God.

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:43–48, NIV)  

When we read about being "perfect" in Scripture, this is not talking about living a squeaky-clean life with a 100% holiness score. It's more about being complete... and in Christianity, that means being maximally mature. Now, it is true that we want to be like our Heavenly Father and that he is 100% squeaky-clean. But it's more to the point that he lacks nothing — and especially in love... nor should we. Just as the Father sends the benefits of sun and rain to all people, so should we send the benefit of love to all people.

This preaches easy... but it doesn't live so easy. Fortunately, perfection (that is completion) is a process... and I'm on the road. I pray that you are too. Enjoy the musing.

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