How do I love you, let me count the waysThat is pretty much what we all would like to hear and as often as possible. The problem is that we are often too busy in today’s world to consider what makes the world go round and us able to function. Is there a better way to do things; you know even as I ask the question what the answer is. And if we can hear it the way Elizabeth Barrett Browning says it, so much the better. She goes on to say – I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach when feeling out of sight for the ends of Being and ideal Grace. Oh how we long to be loved like that, all of us.
We long to hear those words, but we have a way in today’s world of not wanting anyone, and I mean anyone, telling us what we can or cannot do with our lives. We are living in a time of every man for himself and “whatever Lola wants, Lola gets”. When you think about it, it is really sad. Is it too late for us to change how we live and what we have become? Is it too hard to accept something so simple and yet with its strings; do we understand the awesome love our Creator has for each of us?
Jesus, himself, tells us in the book of John that He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him (14:21). This is one of the most awesome verses in the Word of God and it serves to remind us of what we need to function in this old world; that no matter what may happen in our daily lives we are unequivocally loved. Isn’t that what we all desire; to know that our Creator and constant overseer loves us no matter what?
Is it possible to live that kind of honesty in today’s messed up world? I think if Jesus were allowed to walk with us today He would tell us to slow down. I don’t mean we need to forget the important requirements for the time in which we do live, but maybe we should put on a new pair of glasses and see things through the eyes of God’s Word.
The Samaritan was not too busy to help the stranger on the road. Jesus, himself, knew that the woman about to be stoned could turn her life around if she had a little help. We would like to refuse to even see sin, but let’s face it our world is in a big puddle of it. You can no longer go through a day without hearing or reading something atrocious. We ask ourselves how did things go so wrong, believing we had literally nothing to do with it. And yet, we all have a voice and/or a vote. Do we use our opportunities wisely? Who do we really love?
The bottom line is that we really, honestly want to be loved by the Father even when we think we shouldn’t be. His love has never left His children; He died on the cross to prove it. Can we return, even though it will never equal what He did, some of the love He wants us to have for Him and His creation? I most assuredly hope so. Maybe if we fall to our knees and ask for forgiveness; if we start each day knowing the desire, we can begin to become what He has always wanted for the children He loves and died for.
Scripture tells us in the book of John that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (3:16) and Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends (15:13). Folks, that’s a lot of love to live up to in today’s tough world, but that doesn’t excuse our making the effort.
Jesus is always asking – Do you love Me?