How do you love? How do you do it?
I’d say, primarily, it’s something that you’ve got to allow to happen. It’s an effort you make, but it’s primarily an effort of receiving, of accepting. You let it happen, before you can make it happen.
You accept that loving is just the thing to do, and you allow that law of love to rule your life and adjust your behavior accordingly. You’ve got to have it in, first, before you can give it out…
What makes it hard to put that into practice is our natural urge to be doing something, achieving or creating something ourselves, with our own two hands; something we can pat ourselves on the back for. Too often we find ourselves among those the prophet Jeremiah mentioned, who “worshipped the works of their own hands” (Jer.1:16).
We just can’t sit still long enough to really listen to God and find out how He wants things done in the first place. We like to take our destiny into our own hands and make a name for ourselves. All else we consider too “boring.”
That is, in my opinion, precisely why we’re falling so short and doing such a lousy job at fulfilling the great Commandment. We think we’re so smart and so good at it, but are we? If we’re so good at it, and such fine, obedient Christians, then why are there 10.000 people starving every day while we stuff our bellies with fast food? Why are we praying for and applauding guys who are gang-raping 15 year old Muslim girls in the name of democracy and Christendom, driving them into suicide? Why do we silently stand by while another Hitler is threatening to take over the world, fulfilling his daddy’s ambitions to create a “New World Order”? Are we really Christians, or are we nuts?
Could it be that the thing we’re “making happen” is not exactly what we ought to let happen, if we were just so kind and let God take over the reins? Are we really on the right track? I mean, are we really, even if we may be 100% convinced that we are, but are we, according to God’s Word?
Or could it be that we’re missing something, lacking something? Hope to God that the description of the Laodicean church doesn’t fit us: “Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked…” (Rev.3:17).
Just because God seems to be “blessing” us with an abundance of money and wealth, can we be so dead sure that this is really a sign of His blessing for obeying His commandments of love? Can we really be sure that the reason for our wealth is not the exploitation of our poorer fellowman and neighbor, whom we’re supposed to love “as ourselves?”
How would we feel, if we were at the other end; say, as the father of the 15 year old girl who committed suicide after her encounter with the American soldiers who so gleefully boast of their heroic deed? How would we think about “Christianity” if we were in their shoes?
Can we really continue kidding ourselves into believing that everything’s the way it’s supposed to be with this world, our governments, our way of practicing our faith? Are we really doing all we can, or should we rather do less of what we’re doing, and make sure we’re really doing the right thing first?
I’m personally finding myself falling short in many aspects of my daily life, and have started to realize that it’s mainly because I’m still relying way too much on my own wits and strength, instead of making dead sure I’m getting ahold of God’s power to do whatever it is I do. And I have a feeling I’m not the only one.