If God Is Love… (Part1)

June 23, 2011 — 2 Comments

I am going to start a series of posts around quotes from some of the many books I have read. One of the favorites is the book “If God is Love” by Philip Gulley. Here is the quote for today:

When Jesus redefined kinship, he was challenging their exclusive circle by declaring that anyone in any place who did the will of God regardless of social standing or religious affiliation, was his brother or sister.  Kinship is not a matter of racial, religious, or cultural conformity. It was the by-product of a commitment of the will of God — to love and care for all.

The theology of love begins with the assumption that all people are God’s cherished children and deserving of love. “We love because he first loved us. Those who say ‘I love God’, and hate their brothers and sisters, are liars, for they do not love a brother or sister who they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen”  (1 John 4:19-20). Jesus demonstrated his lover for outcasts, those many considered unlovable. Regrettably, many Christians have been unwilling to adopt the ethic of Jesus — a theology of inclusion, acceptance, and love, We’ve been unwilling to love and accept our enemies. We haven’t even be excited about loving our neighbors.

We should all be getting out of our church pews and into the community to re-affirm that we do indeed love our neighbor. We must show the Lord’s love in our lives if we are true followers of Jesus Christ. To hunker down in our church building  against the big bad world and wait for the second coming is not what Jesus preached. Jesus was a lover of the unlovable and we should at least attempt to do the same. If we are only willing to allocate those two hours a week on Sunday mornings to God then maybe we should occasionally skip the pews and get out in the community and get our hands dirty!

I must admit that I feel closer to God when I do community service than when I am sitting in a church pew.  And that is how it should be.

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2 responses to If God Is Love… (Part1)

  1. 

    Philip Gulley is very much led by the Holy Spirit. His words are inspired and they bless me when I read his books.

    We felt great restlessness and discontentment with our old church on their reluctance to get out of the pew and out of that denomination to reach others. Some little efforts were made but any interest shown was quickly turned off or turned elsewhere when the institutional pressure came to bear to conform to the traditions of men. The Holy Spirit led us elsewhere and we have been led to a completely different focus – outward to others and the local and world community as a body of worshippers. We see conversions and baptisms constantly now. We have been blessed by the friendliness of those who understand that love is outgoing and practice that in their lives.

  2. 

    Peppy, thanks for the lovely words. This is exactly what this post was about.

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