Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Love ... Love?



I was reading a letter the other day from a man named Paul to some friends of his in Corinth. Here’s what he says:

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 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 have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.

Wow !!! That’s powerful stuff I thought. If we have Faith to move mountains yet have not love it counts for nothing. Even if we give all we own to the poor? I’m not so sure about the burning body bit; but this man is over the top I tell you.

Let’s see what Jesus has to say about this. Better go to the expert, I always say.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39.

What?

Love my neighbour? Even though he continuously parks his car opposite my drive and blocks me going in and out?

Love the guy driving that big van this morning and keeping a distance of just three inches from the back of my car? And hooting his horn time and again even though I was driving within the speed limit. Perhaps he was in a hurry to go to the toilet !

Love that obnoxious pompous boss at work who seems to delight in making everyone suffer?

Is this what Jesus says? And He goes on:

"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you." Luke 6:27-31.

And there I was thinking that going to Heaven is a matter of ticking the right boxes:

Baptism? Done that. Tick.

Go to church on Sundays? Done that. Tick.

A few more ticks here and there and my passport and visa are ready for me to enter Heaven !!!

On reflection, being a Christian is much more difficult than it seems at first.

"Not everyone who calls me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only those who do what my Father in Heaven wants them to do." Matthew 7:21.

In other words – There are no parrots in Heaven.

8 comments:

  1. Dear Victor,

    I am so glad that you wrote me. It gave me a chance to see your blog.

    Once I find some time to work on my blog, I will add you to my list of favorite blog sites.

    I am hoping my blog will be about my journey into finding God. Your blog looks like an entertaining and useful tool to do so.

    Many Blessings!

    Melissa

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  2. Dear Melissa,

    It's great to have you visiting here and we look forward to your many returns.

    It's so good you're Blogging about your journey with God. I'm sure He will bless you for it.

    Don't hesitate to let me know if I can help in any way.

    Best wishes and God bless.

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  3. Victor,
    It's way harder than I ever thought it would be, too. These Scripture passages have always caused me some concern. I mean, do I love enough? Am I a clanging gong? We have to look so far past the surface stuff (as you know I got way to caught up in that) and allow the Holy Spirit to work deep within us. Truth is...we are all broken and we need the Divine Physician to heal us. So we love and accept each other in that brokenness knowing that God is working miracles inside us if we let Him.

    Thanks for another wonderful post. God bless!

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  4. Thanx Mary,

    I agree with what you say. We should let the Holy Spirit teach us how to love.

    I thought this post would follow well with the other St Paul post I just wrote.

    Thanx for you kind words of encouragement and support.

    God bless.

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  5. Yes, it was a perfect post to follow the other. This is the core message of the N.T.
    God bless you too, Victor.

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  6. Victor, Sometimes, I think most hate is caused by misunderstanding, don't you think? Most people want to love and be loved but we misinterpret other people's intentions or get impatient at their thoughtlessness. If we were all patient with each other's mistakes, perhaps we'd find it easier to love. It's different with the Hitler's of the world, though, isn't it? It seems that evil can take over a soul and in that case, I wonder if there's any good left to love?

    Just rambling thoughts. Thanks for another interesting post, Victor.
    God bless:)

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  7. You're right Vicky. Very often, hate, or dislike for someone, is the result of mis-understanding or as a defence mechanism to protect us from the wrong-doings of that person.

    A person may have hurt us and we keep our distance; albeit we may have forgiven them.

    Maybe "love" in this context means forgiving one's enemies and letting bygones be bygones. Not always easy though!

    Thank you for your encouragement.

    God bless.

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