Put Your Love Where Your Mouth Is
8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. Matthew 15.
Loving God is more than strict religious observance of the Ten Commandments, or blindly following the rules, regulations and dogma of a church or denomination. Quite the contrary, it goes much deeper than that. I’m convinced God wasn’t observing rules, when He sent Jesus to die for our sins. It was a pure act of love on the part of the Father and the Son. For God to do less would contradict His own Character, for God is Love. (1John 4:8)
For the Christian, love is paramount - love for God, and for the brethren. In the above verse in Matthew, Jesus was actually quoting a passage from the Book of Isaiah. He was admonishing the religious leaders against holding onto the traditions of men and ignoring the commandments of God. Conversely, loving God involves obeying His Commandments, and the two are not to be separated. In other words, just observing the commandments only as a matter of religious duty without love, carries no weight. The common denominator is love.
The Apostle Paul states that even if he spoke with the tongues of men and angels, and have not love, he would sound like a cymbal, or something made of brass.
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I ambecome as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 1Corinthians 13
Jesus said: If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15.
Love the brethren
In addition to loving God, which is the first commandment, we are instructed to love the brethren in the Body of Christ. One of my earlier hubs entitled We are Family goes into more detail, but since I’m here, I believe it bears reinforcing. It is easy for some
Christians to say we love God who we cannot see, but mistreat the brethren we see everyday. The Apostle John goes deeper into the subject, even referring to hating a brother as murder by shutting up their bowels of compassion when a brother or sister is in need. In some cases, the Church shows more love to those of the world, than to those that are in the Church - those that have the Blood of Christ coursing through their veins.
I’ve noticed that some Christians are all too willing to open up their hearts and purses, to help those in different countries after having their heartstrings pulled by pictures of starving, doe-eyed children, but are reluctant to help one of their own when he or she falls into adversity. Don’t get me wrong. Christ died for the world, and helped the world, but home comes first. We are commanded to do good to all men, but especially to those of the household of faith. See Galatians 6:10.
We are identified with God and the world, by how much we love each other. The lonely and displaced in the world are looking for acceptance, and look to the Church for that acceptance, but if we cannot accept one another, and love one another as Christ loves us, we are of no use to them. On the other hand, if we exhibit from the heart, and not for show, the love and compassion we have for one another, and how we are willing to stand by one another even in the face of adversity, then we have God to offer them.
The next time during worship service, take a look around at your brothers and sisters, and if you find they have a need, fill that need, because you will be spending eternity together.
Let’s stop talking love, and put our love where our mouth is.
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