“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.” 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 these two commandments.”
These verses hold a lot of meaning to what love means. Reading this verse one very difficult question came to my mind. It is, if I love the Lord my God with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind, what do I have left to give my neighbour and myself? The answer to this question holds the key to what love is. One will say that’s a weird question, but I don’t think it is because love involves giving. Therefore, when you say love with all your soul and mind as stated in the opening verses, it means to give it all to God; He so Loved that He gave (John 3:16). There is no love without giving, as we were able to establish in the last post (https://christ-identity.com/2016/05/28/the-role-of-love-and-faith-in-sacrifice/); love is what sparks sacrifice. Thinking about this I am sure you will come to the same conclusions as I did. I thought again to myself, where does love come from? It comes from the heart which has been given away to God in love, what is going on? Then I remembered two bible verses God is Love (1 John 4:8) and Ezekiel 36:26, which says; “And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” These were the sparks needed to draw the following conclusions about love highlighted below;
- It is infinite, immeasurable and is in a cycle: One of the conclusions I came up with after asking the above questions is that love is immeasurable and definitely infinite. Immeasurable because love is too large to be quantified under any metric or S.I unit. Infinite because it is something that never finishes; you can draw all out and still have all left to still give out. That confused me more than it actually answered my question until I realized that you need an infinite supplier who feeds back at the rate which is equal or greater than the rate at which we draw out. God is the source of love as He is love Himself (1 John 4:8). I look at it like a water well which produces water from the source at a rate equal or greater than the rate at which water is taken out from it. Therefore, giving all really equates to gaining all or more. You can look at Ezekiel 36:26 as; If you pour that old heart to Me in love saying; I truly repent, then I will give you a new one. Love so far is immeasurable, infinite and I will say it is a cycle. In 1 John 4:8 we are told that God is Love. Therefore, giving/pouring your heart to God in worship is really then pouring your heart in love to Love. In Ezekiel 36:26, you can also see a cycle; God gave us His son in love, so that we can have a new heart, a heart which will willingly pour out love towards Him in worship, He gave us a new heart so that we can give love to our neighbors, who He already gave his love, He gives them also a new heart, to share their love with others and the cycle goes on infinite times. The world will surely be a better place if that was how life was.
- All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments: I believe the law being spoken about was the 10 commandments and the 10 commandments can really be broken down into; love for God and Love for your neighbours.There is really nothing else. It is so fascinating.
- It is fair and forgiving: In A Mystery that Cannot Be Totally Understood but We Have to Understand 1-3, the core verse was Romans 1:20 which says; For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. To understand love, we can try to look at the different cycles that we have and look at how they work as we already established that is a cycle. In God’s creation, there are many cycles; the hydrogen, carbon, and so on. I will like to concentrate on the water cycle as this is the easiest one to follow. You cannot count or measure how much water is in the world, it cannot be quantified but it is estimable; they say it is about 70%. we know that the rain that falls today was once on the ground. Water never escapes from the earth just like energy; it is neither lost nor destroyed but recycled. This reminds me of the Love of God. The salty water from the sea, the water drank by the rich, the poor, the needy and so on, the water from the septic tank to name but a few evaporates to the skies and falls down as rain and blesses us all, but even before the blessings of the rain get to us all we still pollute it and stop it from getting to us in its purest state with our own pollutions from refineries and so on, it is the same with the grace God has given us. (https://christ-identity.com/2016/03/09/a-mystery-that-cannot-be-totally-understood-but-we-have-to-understand-part-3/). In the words of Jesus, He said in Matthew 5:45. In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. God who is Love has taught us fairness in nature and forgiveness in His actions.
- Love in the Fruit of the Spirit: In Ezekiel 36:26, we are reminded that we are going to be given a new spirit. This new spirit bears fruits. These fruits are listed in Galatians 5:22-23 which says; “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, love is defined and I see from this very scripture that God has put His Spirit in our heart to bear the fruit of Love. The concluding part of Galatians 5:23 is one which is often ignored, but looking back at the opening scripture in Matthew 22:37-40, I will say that it not different from Galatians 5:22-23. In fact, it exactly the same thing.
- Jesus the Source of our Eternity: Jesus died so that we can experience eternal life with Him just like it was in the beginning. We are mostly familiar with John 3:16. God in love gave his only son to die for our sins to have eternal life with Him. It is only the source that can give us eternal life because He is the one who has it. However, until you know the source and admit there is a source which you need, you will not know where He is and partake of what He wants to offer. Just like you must meet someone before you are admitted into his or her house to have dinner. God has already set the table for you to partake of eternal life with Him. He is constantly calling for you to reach Him and Know Him so that you can get a free invitation to His table of eternity. Love is what makes giving more effortless, a tender heart is what makes serving God effortless. Like the example of a water well; the water will finish if the source is not there anymore. I look at the well as life, without the source the well of life will dry up, but you require an infinite source (God) to give you an infinite life. No wonder Jesus said; drink of this water and never thirst (John 4:14). Whereas life will end if you don’t have the source to keep you going, having the source on the other hand guarantees you a life where the grave cannot hold you bound, just like it couldn’t hold Jesus bound (Acts 2:24).
With John 15:1-17 in mind, I will like to end the same way I ended Called to Sonship Part 2 ( https://christ-identity.com/2016/03/26/called-to-sonship-pt-2/).We are Christians because we are children of God, connected to the Father through the son, belonging to the family of Christ, joined as branches to the vine of the Son, to bear the fruit of Love. Let the fruit of our Christianity be shown in our daily lives so that we can be replanted in the vineyard of Jehovah, to grow again as branches, emanating from the vine of Christ, who has shown us the greatest love. Be humble enough to let that love flow through you just as a branch. For a branch which says I can do it on my own withers and dies. When we let the love of God flow through us, we bear much good fruit. The Christian process is simply, allowing yourself to be replanted infinite times in the vineyard of God to bear fruits of love infinite times. Removing God out of the equation gives you an answer which I will say is a rough estimate of what love isn’t or shouldn’t be, removing the source means you will have to struggle to keep the water levels up by your own effort which contradicts the definition that love as effortless as we all are made to understand. The fact is we cannot not know what love is until we know who the source is. Shalom!