Early in my walk with Christ I was taught that love was not really an emotion but a choice that you make. They said that love was an action that you performed just like Christ laid His life down. Preachers instructed me that love was doing the right thing even when you didn’t feel like it because that proved your love was actually sincere and not wishy washy. My love however was not at all that way, and I found that daily I failed miserably at making the right choices. I could not seem to do things for others that I did not want to do no matter how “right” they seemed. My flesh would kick in and I would get angry because I did not myself feel loved and why should I make the sacrifice to be nice to others when they were not being nice to me. And on top of that, when I did consent to do something for “love’s sake” that I didn’t want to do I ended up doing it with a bad attitude and a nasty look on my face. It was impossible for me to love like Jesus.
Somewhere along the line in my journey I met love. I met the Man that is love, the God of Hope and Grace, that taught me what true love is. I began to see the love that Paul and John talk about as more than just an action that you take like a robot because you are supposed to act a certain way in response to Jesus. I began to see that love is also more than beautiful rhetoric, with little real depth or meaning. I began to see God’s love in a way I never knew love could be displayed or felt. I found that love is profoundly, and most definitely an emotion. Love found me and swept me off my feet and enveloped my heart in change. The whirlwind of emotion that I was catapulted into, revolutionized my way of thinking and even my entire worldview.
Gone were the days of emotionless action because I was supposed to “be good”. No longer did I live in a world where “I love God” was scrutinized by critical doctrine enslaving me to condemnation. I was freed to truly love God when I found that God truly loved me. I was freed to love when I found that I was free to hate. I was freed to care when I found that I was free to not care. My heart was finally at liberty to lay itself down for another when I discovered that I was completely at liberty to be selfish and think only of my own safety and happiness. I was finally free.
Love was the truth that my heart had been missing all along. The lie of an emotionless, robotic, demanding God was forever washed away in my heart when I discovered that God SO loved the world that He sent Jesus. God’s emotion for this world and my heart, was so strong that there was nothing so precious that He would withhold from me. He loved me so much that He would be the shepherd that ran out against the lion and the bear on my behalf to protect me. He cared so deeply that He would personally take the shame of public nakedness, and the scourging that I deserved. God’s love was the truth that crashed into my heart and set me free. And who the Son sets free is free indeed.
I would love a chance to share with you my personal encounter with love, and how it has revolutionized my faith walk and my life. If you have questions or need to talk you can email me at email@example.com . Have you been weighed down by religion and rules? Are you ready for the “much more” that Grace can bring? Please contact me. Lets run together!