What is the difference between our love and good intentions and God’s love? I think I will start with the first rebellion that ever took place. You know the one in the heavens. Satan was the second in charge. He started to look at himself too much in the mirror. He was soooo cool and sexy. When he went to the beach, everybody gasped when he flexed his muscles. Clever too. He had a very high IQ. He was big mac in town. And could he make music!! So he started to think. “Boy, am I ready to be worshiped.” He started to move to the center of his own universe. That throne should be mine! Me, myself and I, became words he got used to. So he started a war. But he lost. He did not like that. It hurt.
Then God made creatures with free will. What was God thinking? The Devil was still angry. He could not make creatures of free will. But free will was a flaw in the design of these creatures. They should never have gotten the chance to choose. But then, how will you know that you are free if you cannot choose? Anyway, the Devil tempted these creatures. They chose to question the Love they had known.
What was the first thing Adam and Eve did after they chose poorly? THEY LOOKED AT THEMSELVES. Suddenly words like me, myself and I became their focus point. Woops! I’m naked. I am afraid. I have to protect myself. I have to hide. Suddenly the “us” concept was broken. “It was not ME, it was HER!! No, it was not ME, it was the snake!! The devil was happy. The creatures started to look at themselves. He knew it would not be long before they wanted a throne and started to move into the center of their own little universe. Doing their own thing. Doing stuff their own way. Everything they did from that day on was motivated by the love they had for themselves.
Jesus came and said the following:
Mat 22:37-39 And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
I want to talk about the second part. The “Love your neighbor as you love yourself” part. Jesus knew that the highest love we are capable of, was the love we had for ourselves. But our love is still centered around ourselves. When I love you, I expect something back. You should love me back. At least you should say thank you or give me a nod. Any appreciation will do. Our love needs affirmation. At our center, is me. I. Myself. If I give you something you should acknowledge my existence. If I do good things, it is not because I am good. It is because I will be valued. People will see me.
In a dictionary you will find the following words: “Self-actualization, self-admiration, self-appreciation, self-assured, self-centered, self-composed, self-concept, self-condemnation, self-confident, self-conscious, self-denial, self-dependence, self-destructive, self-discipline, self-doubt, self-employment, self-esteem, self-expression, self-gain, self-hatred, self-indulgence, self-interest, selfish, self-made, self-mutilation, self-pity, self-preservation, self-regard, self-reliance, self-renewing, self-respect, self-seeking, self-serving, self-sufficient, self-supporting, self-surrender, self-torment, self-mentoring, self-treatment, self-will” There are more….:-) What is the common denominator? SELF.
But then Jesus gave a new commandment. Joh 13:34. And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. AS I HAVE LOVED YOU, so you must love one another.
AS I HAVE LOVED YOU.
Can You say that again?
AS I HAVE LOVED YOU.
But You died!!
YIP. (RIP HA-HA-HA)
That’s not funny.
NO SENSE OF HUMOR?
But you love wasteful!! You love even those that don’t know it.
But your love is hopeless!! You love those that do not acknowledge You.
But You love sinners!
AND YOU ARE??
But You mingle with them! You spent time with them!. You ate with them! It is almost as if You have a softspot for them.
YOU KEEP ON USING THE WORD “THEM”.
This love of Your’s is not rational and thus not easily understood. Perhaps I can work out some sort of vision statement with a few pointers on how to love like you love.
YOU WANT THE 5 STEPS ON HOW TO LOVE LIKE I DO?
What’s so funny?
SORRY, I COULD NOT HELP MYSELF.
This is going to be tough.
Ok, I guess, first of all, I have to earn your love.
YOU’RE KIDDING RIGHT? ARE YOU SURE YOU DON’T HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR?
But, don’t I have to be a good person in order to receive you love?
NOPE, I’M STARTING TO BELIEVE YOU ARE FUNNY.
But, what is your love like?
HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU HAVE? OOPS, NOT GOING TO TELL YOU.
That is not funny!!
FOR YOU, IT WILL TAKE A LIFETIME. MOSTLY, BECAUSE YOU ARE SO SLOW ON THE UPTAKE. HA-HA-HA
That’s not funny!!
MY LOVE IS RELENTLESS. IT IS DANGEROUS. IT WILL KILL YOU. IT WILL TAKE YOU OUT OF THE CENTER OF YOUR OWN UNIVERSE. MY LOVE WILL MOVE YOU BEYOND YOURSELF. YOU WILL LOSE CONTROL.
That sounds painful. Can’t I just be a good person with good intentions?
I don’t know what to say.
Yes to what?
THE GREATEST JOURNEY YOU WILL EVER HAVE. THE JOURNEY WHERE YOU WILL KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE TO BE LOVED. THE JOURNEY WHERE YOU WILL LOVE WITH A LOVE THAT CANNOT BE TAINTED BY YOUR EGO.
A JOURNEY THAT WILL TAKE YOU INTO ME.