Awakening to the realization that God is Love

I now see that a genuine relationship with the Lord begins with acknowledging that I have not loved God and I have not loved my neighbor.  In fact, I have been largely indifferent to both God and most of the people around me.

This devotional is part of the Awakening series. It is inspired by the song “God is Love.”

SONG – GOD IS LOVE 

Verse 1:

(God is Love

His love is patient

God is Love

His love is kind and) X2

God’s Love

Enduring all things

God’s Love

Believing all things

And though these three remain

Faith, hope and love

The greatest of these is love.

 

Verse 2: 

The greatest command

Is to love the Lord with

All of your heart

and  mind and strength and

The greatest command

Is to love the Lord with

All of your heart

and mind and strength

The second command

Is to love your brother

That we lay down our lives for each other

It’s by our love that we show

It’s by our love the world knows

We’re sons of God.

Bridge

And God has given you as a gift to me

And from now on, we’ll walk a common destiny

And God has given you as a gift to me

And from now on, I’ll love you unconditionally 

Words and Music by Christiana Kanaiya. Copyright 2017. Kairos Productions Limited. All rights reserved. 

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MEDITATION 

 Luke 10:25-37; Matt 22:36-40; 1 John 4:11-12.

Recently, one of the big news networks in the United States (ABC News) tweeted  “Good Samaritans rescue diver who washed up on West Palm Beach Florida, amidst Hurricane Irma.”

The phrase “Good Samaritan” is used globally to describe a person who is illustrates uncommon concern for their neighbour, one who goes out of their way to rescue those in dire straits, even if they have no obligation to do so.

The reason that Good Samaritans are applauded everywhere is because we all recognize how valuable human life is.

Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan to a Jewish expert in religious law, who wanted to justify His unloving actions towards certain people.  So, in response to the command to “love your neighbor” he asked Jesus “ who is my neighbor?”  Jesus goes on to tell a story in which religious people fail the test, but a despised person  – the Samaritan, illustrates vividly that a neighbor is everyone around you – regardless of background, beliefs, or origin.  Jesus also makes it clear that simply being an expert in knowing what one should do (like the religious person) is not enough. Love is action. 

Later, just before He went to the cross to give His life for you and me, Jesus reminded His disciples of a startling fact – that the people they came across would believe that He was the Son of God to the extent that their relationships reflected the kind of love that He had shown them – a sacrificial, unconditional, enduring love.

As I write this I realize that I too, have fallen prey to being religious whilst failing to show practical love when it was in my power to do so. And I usually come up with a number of excuses that sound quite convincing at the time…

I am gradually beginning to see that the opposite of love is indifference – complete indifference towards another person’s values, concerns and well being. The kind of indifference that leads to injustice.  Injustice in all of its manifestations  (e.g. negative ethnicity and corruption – hot topics in my part of the world)  exists because we disregard the two Greatest Commandments: We do not love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  And the reason we do not love our neighbor is because we do not love their Creator and our Creator.

I now see that a genuine relationship with the Lord begins with acknowledging that I have not loved God and I have not loved my neighbor.  In fact, I have been largely indifferent to both God and most of the people around me.

 

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