John 15:12 – This is my commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Luke 10:27 – And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Sometimes I wonder if we as believers really know what love is…

We all understand that Jesus died on the cross because He loved us. We all know the most famous scripture “for God so loved the world that…” But do we really understand the depth of His love? Do we, especially in today’s society, really understand the definition of His love? Has the word ‘love’ become so frequently used in our society that the sheer meaning of it has been diminished? Do we love Him, and His people the way we really should; the way He has asked us?

Today it seems we love TV shows, we love cars, and we love our hobbies. We love video games, we love Hollywood, we love singers, we love music, we love fashion, we love football, we love sports, we love things, and the list goes on (I will caveat here and pray for discernment that this so called love is not actually something much more evil and severe. Some might call it idolatry). Now I know we are aware of this as believers, and don’t get me wrong; I like football, and would even go so far as to throw the word love out for it. But the problem is not with loving something per se, or participating in any of the interests I mentioned above. God wants us to enjoy our life on earth. The problem is when that thing or object sits on the throne of our heart in lieu of our Lord. When we can spend 4 hours watching a football game, or playing a video game, but then turn around and only offer God a 30 minute sacrifice of prayer because we are “tired after work”, or because we have had “a hard day and all we want to do is relax in front of a TV”, then I would say its safe to say there is a problem with our relationship with God.

When we think about Israel’s deliverance from Egypt we can see how gracious and merciful God was to His people. His people rejoiced Him and thanked Him for their deliverance. However, it wasn’t long before they started questioning God and Moses. When Moses went up to Mount Sinai and was gone longer than expected the people of God requested Aaron, Moses’ brother, to make them a God to worship. Aaron took the people’s gold jewelry, burnt it, and made a golden calf. The people worshipped the golden calf, and thanked this man-made object for the deliverance out of Egypt (Exodus 32). Us believers typically chuckle at this story thinking how silly these people were for worshipping an object they themselves made. We have come a long way now, haven’t we? Idolatry was just written for the Old Testament. It is not applicable anymore, right? We don’t worship things anymore. False. This is just as applicable today as it was then, if not more so. We may not bow down and worship golden statues anymore; no, we have evolved. Now we just station all our living room furniture facing a man-made device that the family can sit down and stare at for hours at a time. But this is not idolatry, right? Think about it…

God wants us to want to spend time with Him. For God so LOVED the world that He gave His Son to die for our sins. He gave His only Son to die for you and me. Jesus Christ, the Son of God put on a flesh suit, stepped out of eternity into time and the world He created, and lived as a man who knew no sin. Yet He faced persecution, judgment, torture, and a slow and painful death for you and me. He even had to carry the cross He was nailed to. Can you imagine the ridicule? The suffering? This speaks wonders of His love for us. At any point, He could have ended it. At any point He could have shown the world who He was. He was mocked on the cross, and He asked God to forgive them for they knew not what they did. This is true love. He endured the cross, so that we might be free. He endured the cross because He loves us and because He knew this would be the only way. We now have life because of Christ. For He is the way, the truth, and the life. Thank you Jesus. Less of me, and more of Him is my prayer. Let not this world blind me of the love You have for us. Let not this world strip me and replace the love of God for the love of things. I pray that God will continue to unveil His love to me, so that I may in turn love Him more. This is my prayer for myself and for you as well.

-Andrew

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