“And this is love; that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” 2 John 1:6.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Jeremiah 37-39, Psalm 79, and 2 John.
Some things are so obvious yet are missed.
I think of New Testament references where the listeners didn’t have “ears to hear.” They weren’t ready for the information. It reached them audibly but not mentally.
For so long I have wanted to have my life consistently right with God. If you’ve followed this blog you may have noted my struggles.
Today I came upon a “simple” truth: My relationship with God and my relationship with other people are entwined. If the former is messed up, it will be revealed by what’s happening in the latter.
I claim to love God but where is the proof? That “proof” will show itself in my love for others.
The heart question raises its head when I am not getting along with people. That proves something, doesn’t it? Bluntly: I do not love God!
I like to simplify things. I love exactness. This is about as simple and exact as it gets: If I am not showing love to others, I am not showing that I love God. But I do love God! Then show it by your love for those in your midst.
I need to put myself on notice on this one. Those in my midst must be given permission to call me out on this love thing. If I am not showing love to them, they need to ask why I’ve stopped loving God. The primary issue is to love God. I must get that in place. Won’t those in my midst be glad when this gets sorted out!
“Lord, direct-hit Scripture today. My behavior must wind back to my relationship to You. I love You. I want to please You. My unloving actions are a clear picture of godlessness. I cannot live that way. I want You in control of my life. I want love for You and love for others smoothly happening. O Lord, take me over. O Lord, prick my conscience, open my awareness, to my sinfulness. Cleanse me of my sins, Father. I love You.”
Connect the dots: If we aren’t loving others then we aren’t loving God. We can’t let that be true.