Thursday, January 20, 2011

Love Conquers All

What is love?  Ponder on that for a moment.    We hear it all the time.  We say it all the time.  It has become a word that is just as common as let’s say……………food, or store, or maybe “like”.  I may not be making sense right now, but work with me here.  There are words that we use everyday that we really do not pay attention to.  It just flows off of our lips without really considering the significance.  I mean, looking into the word and the meaning, and then using it appropriately.  So again, what is love?  Ok tell me if you agree with the following; love is:
      • a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
• a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
• sexual passion or desire.
• a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
• used in direct address as a term of endearment, affection, or the like
• an intensely amorous incident; amour.
• a personification of sexual affection
• affectionate concern for the well-being of others
• strong predilection, enthusiasm, or liking for anything
• the object or thing so liked
• the benevolent affection of God for His creatures, or the reverent affection due from them to God.
Do you agree with the above?  So it is safe to say, that love is an intense feeling of passion or compassion that one expresses for a person, animal or thing.  If this is the case, then where was love during the Rwanda massacre?  Where was love during the holocaust?  Ok, let’s forget the history lesson.  Where is love when we hear about crimes against women and children?  Where is love in our politics?  Is there love between Israel and Palestine?  If I was to go to a KKK meeting, will I be greeted in love?  If a Caucasian decided to sit in on a Black Panther gathering, will they feel the love?  Race might make you uncomfortable.  My apologies.  Where is love when you walk pass that homeless person in front of the store?  Where is love when you hear someone going through something, but do not ask them if there is anything you can do because they may tell you yes?  Men, where is the love when you fantasize about the young attractive woman at the job in comparison to your wife who has love handles, leg dimples, and saggy areas due to her giving birth to your beautiful children? 
     Love describes that passionate feeling that one has for a person, animal or thing, right?  Then we say it more than we express it.  The bible states “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” (1 Jn 4:7)  I want to appeal to your logic for a moment.  If we believe this verse, then where is God in our actions?  If a man tells a woman that he loves her for the sole purpose to get in her pants, God was not in that.  With all the crime that is committed on a daily basis, God is not in that.  When the housing bubble burst, and all of those people lost their homes, the mortgage and real estate brokers did not show love because they had advance knowledge that these people were putting their hats farther than they can reach.  No love there.  That family member who you have not spoken to for years, I believe love is missing.  When you look at the condition of the world, or better yet, the conditions of our poor communities, and are not moved, yep, you got it, love is missing.  Remember I wanted to appeal to your logic.  So if we believe that verse and do the opposite, then logically we do not have love, and therefore it is the devil we know.  Uh oh, did I touch a nerve?  Good!!!
      Love does conquer all, if we allow ourselves to love.  For sometime, I had so much hate in me.  I wanted to inflict pain on anyone who crossed my path and would not have lost sleep either.  It is that feeling why we have the crime, the greed, the numbness, the selfishness, and the hate that are eagerly displayed in the media.  We do not consider the importance of love nor the positive effects it can have.  The bible states “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Cor 13:4-7)  If we are not exercising these, then what are we doing?  If we do it sometimes, then what are we doing when we are not?  “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (1 Jn 4:8)  Again, remember your logical hat?   If we believe these verses, does majority of the world show love?  I know this lesson seems to be more of me asking questions, but sometimes asking ourselves these questions, can cause us to be convicted and consider a new direction in our life.  I pray that the direction is to know God, so that you can truly know how to love.   Amen!

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