I Love You!
But do we REALLY love each other; or is that just a phrase we say as we are parting for a while? What is "love" anyway? The dictionary defines the word as "an intense feeling of affection." So, when we say we love football, do we feel an affinity to football, or is it just a form of entertainment? How deep is our affection of the game? Would you be willing to demonstrate that love by dying for the game?
When The Lord says He love us; does He think of us like we think of football? Not likely! Real love is more than that! Real love requires something from us. It's more like a relationship, or a commitment to someone or in some cases, to some thing.
The kind of love God speaks of all the way through the bible requires even more than a commitment. That kind of love also require obedience to God and a commitment to obey Him. Jesus said,"You are My friends if you do what I command," (John 15:14). With that piece of knowledge; do we love Jesus? We say we do, but do we really love Him? Are we willing to obey His commands and demonstrate our commitment by our actions, not only our words? Would you die for Jesus? Would you die for that pizza you "love"?
Seriously, when we say we love each other, or when we say we love Jesus, let's consider what we are saying. Jesus also said, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down ones life for his friends, (John 15:12-13).
Ok, so I like pizza, and I like baseball, but I love Jesus and I love certain people. Now I must demonstrate that truth before the world by my actions. I guarantee I will not die for pizza, or for that matter, I will not die for baseball, even though I "love" to watch the Chicago Cubs play. But, in truth, I would, and may be required to die for Jesus one day, or maybe I will die for someone I love.
Let's make a decision. What or who will you be willing to die for? Who died for you?