Why do we work so hard to make the simple so complex? God help us!
John 14:21 – He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
I have had the privilege and honor to travel across our globe to many countries and multitudes of people from a wonderfully varied mix of cultures. It is amazing that regardless of where I have gone, I have found that people are people. They look different, dress differently, eat differently, in many ways act differently, speak many different languages, and on and on the list of differences goes. But with all the differences, people are still people. They all respond to the fruit of the spirit in very similar, if not identical ways. Desires to become and be made better are universal. Response to power, life-changing truth is universal. Some cultures, particularly in America, have become hardened to such desires and truth, but when they are persistently set forth, breakthroughs occur. And of all the elements we might discuss, perhaps the greatest commonality is a seeming universal response to love. I am not talking about physical intimacy (eros), or emotional attractions (storge), or even familial interaction (phileo). I am talking about AGAPE, the LOVE of GOD.
The problem with teaching and ministering the love of God is that it is too often disguised or mixed in some way with the aforementioned Greek words for love. Sadly, in the church, the pure AGAPE LOVEof GOD has been polluted by its forced mixing by people who want Christianity to be an “easy-come-easy-go,” “feel-good,” emotionally pleasing, sensual social activity. Dear one, that is NOT the church that was birthed by the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ two millennia past. All such thinking, speaking, and wrongful blending does is complicate the true simplicity of the LOVE of GOD.
Let us take a moment and consider the truth and simplicity of the LOVE of GOD. Take a moment and read 1 John 5:3. There the LOVE of GOD is defined by the Word itself. Read it several times, and allow it to become settled in your heart and mind. “This is the LOVE of GOD, that we keep His commandments.” There you have it. The true simplicity of the LOVE of GOD. Don’t complicate it. If you love God, you will keep His commandments, also known as doing His Word. It is the foundation of faith, for faith works by love. It is not complicated or so deep one must write volumes and offer endless disser-tations about it. It is eternally and fixedly simple. DO THE WORD. KEEP FATHER’SCOMMANDMENTS. When we do that, we are walking in the love of God. It has nothing to do with comfort to the flesh, or soothing to the emotions, or how we get along with relatives. It is KEEPINGFATHER’S COMMANDMENTS. End of story!
Manna for Today – John 14:15-31; 1 John 5:3; John 3:16-17; Galatians 5:6