I have recently been pondering on these verses in…Matthew 5:38-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.”You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect…
Do I love people the way God loves people? Or do I let emotions determine my love for others? These verses in Matthew represent a literal walk and in my self examination I concluded that I needed, what I would like to call, retune my love walk. In the past my feeling for others grew as I got to know them better. If the growth was positive, then eventually some degree of love would be the result. On the other hand, if the growth was negative than there is no telling how far that disconnect would devolve. Don’t get me wrong, I love to pray for and bless folks, but it makes it hard when it’s an enemy who’s cursing and hating on me. So yes I was coming up short, but at the same time I had a desire to be Christ-like.
1John 4:16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and
whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him…Before you can administer the love of God, you must first have the love of God. In other words the administrator must be connected. What does it take to make a connection? Now generally for a connection to be made there has to be at least two elements involved…a transmitter and a receiver and the two usually have a common linking location…for an appliance its the outlet it plugs into, and for a radio the link location is the modulation frequency being transmitted by the radio station. In order for the connection to work you will also need power. An outlet without a charge is as useless as a radio without a battery. But if everything is working properly and I have the correct information I will get an answer from the other end. I will have made a connection.
The obvious connection point for us as Christians is Jesus, there is no way around having to receive that connection. In Christ we are in the perfect position under perfect conditions, and have all the right components, not to mention that our power source is unlimited. I want to look at what I believe are 3 key components for retuning my love walk.
The first component is faith…Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him…I
envision faith as the substance or essence that actually reaches out with confidence to the other end of the connection and then carries back the response from the other side.
Another component is hope…Hebrews_6:19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,…..Colossians_1:23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven…I see hope as the ultimate source code (the Word of God) that tells us about whom we are reaching out to.
The last and most vital component of all is love…1Corinthians 13:13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love…Love is not only the tangible connection, it is also the actual modulation frequency that initiates, sustains, and answers the connection when contact is made. Why is love so vital? Because faith may at times waver, and sometimes hope might be one step away from hopelessness, but the Bible says that God is always Love. You see there is no profit in having faith in faith, and there is not advantage in having hope in hope, but anytime we love in love we are connected with God, because God is Love. My hope is in Him and my faith is in Him, but my love is Him.
The only way that I can successfully turn the other cheek is when I turn it over to God and turn it over to Love. The only way that I can find the strength to go the extra mile is when I turn it over to God and turn it over to Love. The only way I can sincerely pray for, bless, and do good to my enemies is when I turn it over to God, and turn it over to Love. The only way I can love those I haven’t even met yet is by turning it over to God, casting all my care upon Him; for He cares for us. It is the love of God that allows the sun to rise on the evil and on the good, it is the love of God that sends the rain on the just and the unjust. And it was the love of God that sent His only begotten Son to show us how to walk as sons in the love of the Father and to give His life that we might have life in Him.
1John 4:16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.