15Nov

what’s love got to do with it?

Everything.

Well there you have it. The final answer is—everything. As the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians:

“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of an old rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all His mysteries and making everything as plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”

II Corinthians 13:1 -7 – The Message

Could Paul make it any clearer? Without love—nothing else matters.

Jesus condensed what’s expected of us down to two basic commands:

Love God and love people.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on to these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:37-40 NIV

It’s impossible to love like this without His deep cleaning and you dying daily to your ways over His.  You decide whether or not to put your  heart on the altar before Him – every day. If you will, He promises to complete a holy search, clean, and redirect for His good purpose.  If you don’t start with a daily surrender, it’s impossible to return to Him pure love-drenched obedience.

You might try to fake it online and even though you appear righteous, your obedience will be corrupted by bad motives. You’ll miss the extraordinary chance to love purely. It doesn’t take long before small fractures become large cracks. His reflection begins to blur, you start to look like everyone else, and the Jesus difference in you is lost.

Whatever you write and publish online – has the power to reach millions.

There’s an old Quaker Proverb that says,

“Of your unspoken words, you are the master; of your spoken words, the servant; of your written words, the slave.”

If you want everything you text, post, or publish today to proclaim you’re a slave to the love of Jesus Christ, then place your heart on the altar and invite Him to go to work.  He completes what He starts – count on it.

How do you know it’s His love when you see it online?

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  • Zoe

    THis is a hard question to put into words… and since I lack the writting abilities I will try to convey what I think….

    You know it is His love online when you look at others posts, blogs, notes…((whatever or wherever it may be)) and the words challenge you, relate to you, love you encourage you, help you overcome trials, and you feel alive, hope, trust, and are fired up to just live life for Jesus because you just know that God used those words to uplift your Sprits, renew you, comfort you……I guess bottom line is you just KNOW His love online through the Spirit speaking to you, speaking truth into you, and it is awesom because God uses all of us, His followers to love others through His Spirit… and especially online you just never know who you are loving through your words….God is so good and the possibilities to love online is limitless because He is can not be limited! :)

  • Tami Heim

    Zoe – I think you said it beautifully. I know when I see you living out your faith in the daily stream online – I see and can feel His love in you – loving me – loving others. You’ve stuck in my heart this morning, “limitless because He cannot be limited” and I am not letting go of it! I love you from this side of the world to that side and back again, and again, and again, and again…it’s a limitless ‘send and return’ God-thing.

  • http://twitter.com/RachelHauck RachelHauck

    Great post, Tami. Funny, without intending it, all the songs I pulled for worship focused on His love and greatness yesterday. Two of the songs were from Song of Solomon!

    How do I know His love when I see it online? I “feel” it. It edifies. It’s humble. It encourages and exhorts others. It does not draw attention to itself. I see many Christians online seeming to “fellowship” or exhort readers to their work — which we all do at some level — but the feeling of the posts is “look at me.”

    I think it’s because that is the issue of the person’s heart. They are struggling with identity. All the more reason why we must run into the love of Jesus and let Him cover us. LET go of our own needs. It’s been my journey for the past… oh… decade. :)

    Thanks for the reminder today that He is Light. He is the famous one! I’m happy to be here.

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  • Toni

    I see His love when He ordains holy encounters between Christians and non-believers. I see His Love bring holy collisions, healing, divine dialogue between hearts….He wraps Himself around those we’ve deemed impossible to reach…sometimes with a blog post, a FB post or even a tweet. It’s amazing time to be alive and communicating the gospel!

  • Tami Heim

    We know all about those holy collisions, don’t we? They spin us right into His arms where He seals the sent and received Word of Love, Truth, and Life for eternity. I’m celebrating daily there isn’t anyone or any place beyond the reach of His grace, goodness, and glory. Grateful to be here on assignment with you. Praise God for ALL He directs and ordains in such a time as this!

  • Tami Heim

    I’m thinking your selections are just like Him, especially when you consider how His love draws us in and keeps us close. In you, He has woven the gift of leading worship and helping others step into a place of love and adoration. What a sweet calling.

    Rachel , such wise counsel about the ‘look at me’ in the words we think, post, and publish online.
    Oh Lord, edit and delete the me that gets in the way of You.

    We are happy you are here.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    Love God. Love people. That’s the order. We can’t love others unless we first love Him who first loved us.

    I want to be love drenched and wrung out.

    There’s a spirit-to-spirit, heart-to-heart connection that happens online. Unexplainable sometimes. But oh so real. As proved this weekend.