Genuine Love Surpasses Superior Obedience

Genuine Love Surpasses Superior Obedience

As a former Pharisee (someone self-righteous, prideful in their obedience to follow God’s commands), I would read passages like:

“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.'” (Matthew 22:36-39, NIV)

then excuse my lack of love. I rationalized, “Love is a choice, not a feeling. Therefore, when I do all of my wonderful deeds, I am being loving.” It didn’t matter that my motives were to please people, make myself feel good, or to bribe God into doing what I wanted.

It didn’t matter that my motives were to please people, make myself feel good, or to bribe God… Click To Tweet

(more…)

Have You Found True Love?

Have You Found True Love?

True love, ah, it is what we dream of as children, as we listen to fairy tales with happy ever after endings.

It is what we truly believe we are experiencing as we slip the note marked check YES or NO in our second grade class.

True love is what you thought you found when you were asked to dance at your first middle school dance.

You were certain it was true love during your first kiss and on your first date.

Certainly true love was that summer fling, high school sweetheart, and college romance.

True love may have become reality for you when you vowed to spend forever with your spouse or when you held your baby for the first time.

Maybe you haven’t yet experienced true love for yourself, but your understanding is derived from observing other people’s romantic relationships and watching sappy chick flicks with your friends.

It is safe to say we all have our own definition of what it means to find “true love.”

Merriam-Webster defines love as a noun: a feeling of strong or constant affection for a person. (more…)

%d bloggers like this: