Can We Talk About That?

January 17, 2013

I Like You. I Love You.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  ~Jesus

“I don’t have to ‘like’ him. God didn’t say I had to ‘like’ him; He only said I had to ‘love’ him.” ~Stiff-Necked Person

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Ever heard this.? I have and my thoughts on it are many, fast and furious. But first let me ask you another question: Do you like yourself.? Chances are at some point in your life you may not have, if only for a brief moment.. And it is a rare individual that dislikes someone (including ones self) and is yet still able to sincerely seek their highest good; Or in other words to love.

To say that we love someone but that we do not like them is to insinuate that we understand this means we are to seek (which is an action) their highest good, no matter what are personal thoughts of them may be. This seeking to do good is not the same as passively seeking not to do them any harm.

Just to be clear on what’s being communicated.. Let’s step to a side herein for a moment and concede that no one wants, understandably so, to hang out with a rapist or the town gossip — the Bible warns of keeping such company while at the same time commanding we turn our check and actively do good to them also. Strong prescription.. Yes.

But we often dislike and withhold love from others for some majorly meager causes.. Do we even stop to ask ourselves why it is

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we have accepted some of the character traits in those close to us, while rejecting others for beholding them.? Do we sincerely question our Christlikeness when excluding others from fellowship just because we find them odd or different to us — them having done us no intentional wrong. The aforementioned,  Judging others from a far, and keeping them at a distance is neither actively seeking their highest good or seeking to do them good. It is not love.

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We are not, we cannot show God’s love when holding others at arms length in  “dislike.”  And while our disliking of others may not mean that we are evil, neither does it mean that we are Christlike. What we are is grieving. Grieving the heart of God.

This is not the love that Jesus came, suffered, died for us to know, and in turn show others.

‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.’ ~Jesus

Selah ~ Pause Calmly and Reflect on That.

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