This blog is meant to be reflected on, examine your heart. It was originally meant for the Destino Movement at Cal Poly Pomona.
Love is something we all desire, as is friendship. But what is love, really?
1 John 4 says the following (with added emphasis):
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
These verses state that GOD IS LOVE! By loving we are able to share the goodness of what He has given us with others around us. His love is the most precious and most costly give we could ever be undeserving of.
Think for a moment: In what ways do you all think we can love on each others as brothers and sisters in Christ?
Another question for you: In what ways can we love those who are not believers?
If we look to the famous and often quoted 1 Corinthians 3 we find more detail on what love can look like for us.
1 Corinthians 13
13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
I challenge you to look at 1 Cor 13, are you living along these guidelines? Do you see the Lord working in your life in these areas? Do you know that you need growth in some of these areas? I know I do! My desire is to see you all grow, to see you all be a movement of love, a movement of growth, WORLD CHANGERS. People that will LOVE radically! People that unbelievers can look at and behold the heart of God. You NEVER know the impact that your kindness and love can make on a person.
I challenge YOU, as my brothers and sisters to BE LOVE. To be love in your movements, to be love in your families, to be love to strangers, and hardest of all to be love to your enemies.
The bible says that even the wicked can love their friends. (See Matthew 5:43-48)
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
If you are not feeling love from your fellow brothers and sisters, from your community, from your family, BE THE CHANGE. BE THAT LOVE. You can change your movement and those that are around you by implementing the change. I believe that each and every one of you are leaders in your own way. God has created each one of us as His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10) and each of us are appointed to do good works for His kingdom, let Him use you. Have a willing heart.
No matter what gift He has given you, He has called each and everyone of us to love. He has loved you so much MORE than you can ever know, it cost Him everything, KNOW that He loves you and empowers you by the Holy Spirit working through you.