September 5, 2016

God isn't sentimental

Sentiment: a thought influenced by or proceeding from feeling or emotion

God is love.

Love is an action verb.

Love is not a feeling.

Love is not something conjured up by music heard, or fragrances smelled, or niceties experienced.

One does not feel love, and then think about doing something for someone.

One is filled with the love of God, and then one can only exhibit it.

Romans 5:5 talks about it being poured into a soul, continuous, and never-ending.

John 7:38 tells us that those who truly believe will have a river of life flowing from them.

Love is not something one grows into while still sinning.

It is not something someone learns following a to-do list.

Love puts off the old man, puts on an apron, and serves because the soul who loves God obeys him.

God does not look at an effort to love, and then say, "You tried! Good job."

He will not say, "You didn't feel like serving. I understand. It's okay."

He won't look at what another has done to you, and then proclaim, "You don't have to serve that one."

His word stands, and does not waffle, and does not bend, nor waver.

When the wind blows, and storms rage, his Word remains.

He commands love.

He isn't sentimental.

Neither are his saints.

They love.

Just as God loves, so do his own love.

Why?

They have first been loved.

They have first been freed.

They have first been made aware of their stink, and they have repented, and they have been washed.

"We love because he first loved us," (I John 4:19).

What does the love of God sound like?

"Love me with all your heart, and your neighbor too."

"Do it," He says.

"I can't," we say.

God says, "I know. Repent, first, and do it now, for you will soon die, and I will love through you." (Matthew 4:17)

God gives his holy spirit to those who obey him (Acts 5:32).

Obey God. Repent. Then the holy spirit will fill you and there will be no room for sentiment.

There will only be obedience to love.

Sentiment "feels" mushy, and sweet, but does nothing.

Love reaches out and embraces the lost, and needy until they prayerfully come to know God.

But until then, the saints love, and love, and love again till they go home.

They do not desire their eternal home sometimes, like when they hurt, or are sad, or get old.

Their citizenship resides elsewhere as they walk this earth.

It is a fact.

How about you?

Are you sentimental, or do you love?


















2 comments:

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    1. Okay, but I am wondering what part of it exactly goes against your understanding of God's love? Please tell me if you want, because I'd love to hear why you don't agree. If you think parts of it are in error, or all of it is in error, then I'd like to know. Thanks, dear one.

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