How Do I Love Thee?

I would say all of us have heard this expression before although it might be asked in a different way.  We all want to know how much we are loved, but there are not many times when we will question ourselves about how we love the individual we are talking to.  I wonder why that is – have we managed as we have grown to make everything of importance simply about our lives and how we live and what we have accomplished?  What did you say – ouch!  Just maybe we should spend a little time thinking about this

When you really love someone the relationship will by its very nature bear fruit.  The Bible talks about fruit over and over so it must be important.  Adam and Eve were placed in a garden and told which fruit they could eat and which they could not.  As you well know they were tempted to try the very one that was forbidden.  Times haven’t changed very much, have they?  In spite of our many warnings we still are tempted by the very thing that is forbidden.  Why do you think that is?  As human beings are we just naturally tempted to try to do something that has been denied us?  Surely it can’t hurt just to try.   

If you have children you know well how they have always pushed the limit.  Were we simply born rebellious?   Do you remember saying “I can do it myself”?  There is nothing wrong with simply trying to achieve one’s goal, but when it has specifically been denied that is another story.  God knew the ramifications of evil and how our arch enemy, the devil, would try his best to get us diverted from the Heaven that belongs to our Creator.  He specifically warned us and yet we have had to ask forgiveness many times because apparently we are hard headed.  I wonder why we even try yet we have been specifically warned that hell is definitely not the place we want to end up. 

In today’s world we all know and appreciate the value of gold, but the author of Proverbs tells us in his reference to wisdom that My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold  (8:19).  I don’t need to remind you how gold is valued in today’s world and how we would all like to have some.  Is it possible to give the same value or even more to the love of the Father?  Most of us would say “yes” without another thought and yet our actions often deny our words.  Do you ever wonder how you will be graded when it comes time? 

The one thing that will help us is the remembrance of how very much our Father loves us.  He gave more than we ever deserved to show us His love.  Surely we can reciprocate the gift by trying our very best to return the favor.  The life of His beloved son, Jesus, was more than we ever would have thought would be considered and yet He loved us all so much that He gave the best of what was His to give.  In all good conscience can you deny Him the gift we owe; the same love for each and every one of His sons as He has already given us?  We don’t need to assume or try to figure out just how much that means.  His Word tells us plainly as it is recorded in John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have ever lasting life.  That is not only the bottom line; it also should warm our hearts with such passion that we have no desire left but to honor and serve Him with all that we have, even as far as giving our lives to His service and loving His other children as part of our larger family.

We give Thee but Thine own, whate'er the gift may be;
All that we have is Thine alone, a trust, O Lord, from Thee.
And we believe Thy Word, though dim our faith may be;
Whate'er for Thine we do, O Lord, we do it unto Thee.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA