If God Is Love… (Part1)

I am going to start a series of posts around quotes from some of the many books I have read. One of the favorites is the book “If God is Love” by Philip Gulley. Here is the quote for today:

The theology of love begins with the assumption that all people are God’s cherished children and deserving of love. “We love because he first loved us. Those who say ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers and sisters, are liars, for they do not love a brother or sister who they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen”  (1 John 4:19-20). Jesus demonstrated his lover for outcasts, those many considered unlovable. Regrettably, many Christians have been unwilling to adopt the ethic of Jesus — a theology of inclusion, acceptance, and love, We’ve been unwilling to love and accept our enemies. We haven’t even be excited about loving our neighbors.When Jesus redefined kinship, he was challenging their exclusive circle by declaring that anyone in any place who did the will of God regardless of social standing or religious affiliation, was his brother or sister.  Kinship is not a matter of racial, religious, or cultural conformity. It was the by-product of a commitment of the will of God — to love and care for all.

We should all be getting out of our church pews and into the community to re-affirm that we do indeed love our neighbor. We must show the Lord’s love in our lives if we are true followers of Jesus Christ. To hunker down in our church building  against the big bad world and wait for the second coming is not what Jesus preached. Jesus was a lover of the unlovable and we should at least attempt to do the same. If we are only willing to allocate those two hours a week on Sunday mornings to God then maybe we should occasionally skip the pews and get out in the community and get our hands dirty!

I must admit that I feel closer to God when I do community service than when I am sitting in a church pew.  And according to Jesus that is how it should be.

3 thoughts on “If God Is Love… (Part1)

    • Amen to Janette’s amen. “Know Tolerance, Know Peace” (vs. “No Tolerance, No Peace.”) is one of my favorite bumper sticker sightings these days. As is the one showing the word “TOLERANCE” made up of a variety of religious affiliation symbols. At the end of the day, I care not for what religion you affiliate yourself with – what I care about is who you are as a person, and how you treat your fellow humans.

      Something I continue to work on daily, being far from perfect currently. Thank goodness life comes with a “Try Again” button.

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  • Amen to both of you. I love that bumper sticker also. The total message Jesus gave us is to love God and love one another. If we would just concentrate on that message instead of all the clutter found elsewhere it would change everything. Thanks for the words ladies……

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