To Love Life

LIFEHow would you like to live a life so rich in spiritual vitality that you make sense to the world around you and become able to fulfill God’s design for yourself and all of mankind?  It is possible! 

Before I show how this can come about, I must lay some basic foundation first.   Scripture tells us that God is Love (1 Jn 4:8).  We know that God is Love primarily in the way that He sought us out – even while we were messed up and not looking for Him, He came to earth in His Son Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:8). Scripture also tells us that Jesus was the Word of God made flesh having come to dwell among men.  In fact, Jesus Himself said that "if you have seen me, you have seen the Father".  Summary:  God, being Love, spoke a Word (Jesus) that revealed Love to its complete measure – "No greater love has any man than that he lay his life down for his friends" (John 15:13).

The first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Romans in verse 20 tells us that since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made – leaving us without any excuse for misunderstanding them.
 

'Love is All You Need'

The world around us would reveal the heart and nature of God.  The ‘Beatles’, “the fab four” from Liverpool, England knew something about love.  They may not have completely understood God’s perspective on love, but even when the world seeks love, they will come closer to it than if they had not sought it at all. On June 25th 1967, a TV special entitled ‘Our World’ was the first live global satellite broadcast, sent to over 400 million people in 25 countries.  The Beatles performed their song, ‘All you need is Love’, to close the broadcast.  400 million people heard their message.  Some of the lyrics of ‘All you need is love’ go like this:

 

‘There's nothing you can do that can't be done
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy

Nothing you can make that can't be made
No one you can save that can't be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It's easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need’

The song simply speaks of endless and limitless potential in the atmosphere of Love.  Perhaps without thinking of the heart and nature of God, they were revealing His heart from the core of who they were – from the creativity that God had given them before they were formed in their mother’s womb (Jer. 1:5; Ps. 139:13).  The world’s concept of love might be skewed greatly, but love’s potential is limitless.

 

'The Power of Love'

Another song, ‘The power of Love”, is a 1985 single by Huey Lewis and the News, written for and featured in the 1985 film ‘Back to the Future’’. Some of the lyrics to ‘The Power of Love’ go like this:

 

‘The power of love is a curious thing
make a one man weep, make another man sing
Change a hawk to a little white dove
more than a feeling that's the power of love

Tougher than diamonds, rich like cream
Stronger and harder than a bad girl's dream
make a bad one good make a wrong one right
power of love that keeps you home at night

But you know what to do
when it gets hold of you
and with a little help from above
you feel the power of love’

This song speaks of the power of Love, ‘with a little help from above’, can effect and change a person when it truly gets hold of you.  Love is Powerful.  Love Gives Life, Love is Life.

 

'Not Enough to Make us Love Another'

Another creative mind, Jonathan Swift is the author of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’.  While speaking of love and religious expression Swift has been quoted  as saying, “We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another”. 

For those that do not know the iconic image of this book, it is of a sleeping Gulliver being tied town by little ropes.  In the Bible, James chapter 3, we learn the power of our words.  Like many ropes, tied in tandem with each other - our lack of love in spoken form or action has the ability to bring down most anything. Words are powerful, they create or destroy hope and vision.  Many in the world know this and Jesus came to the world as the Word made flesh to show us Love and give us all hope and vision.  This alone should give us an idea of God's perspective on words.

 

'The Spirit of Love'

In looking at 1 Corinthians, chapters 12-14 we can read a very helpful teaching on the gifts from Holy Ghost that are available to all believers as they are sought and operating in the believer’s life.  It is important to note that Paul stopped in the middle and addressed the importance that Love played in the operation of the gifts of God.  For the sake of clarity, I will capture the key text from chapter 13 on love and gifts. 

 

If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing. If I give all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love envies not; love flaunts not itself and is not puffed up, does not behave itself improperly, seeks not its own, is not easily provoked, thinks no evil; rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.Love never fails.(1 Cor. 13:1-8)

Almost in line with what Jonathan Swift was quoted as saying about religion, the Apostle Paul addresses it as well – that it is important to let God through Holy Spirit allow you to reflect not just knowledge, doctrine, precept, or principle – but power from God Himself.  God is Love and His reflection will be rich, even dripping with Love. 

 

Now to the point I aim to make here.  If you wish to have a life that is rich in vitality and one that the world will take note of, one with God’s nature engrained in it, one that the creative minds around you will recognize – then allow God to become Life and Love in you. 

Love speaks life, protects life, gives life and even gives up life for another.  A person who openly looks at 1 Cor. 13:4-8 will undoubtedly hold the keys to change the world around them forever.  As a balloon is filled with air and becomes well rounded, fill yourself up with all that is God – God is Love.   It is Christ (Word and Spirit) present in us that is our only hope of any successful reflection of God’s nature.  This reflection is greatly achieved by relationship, spending time in prayerful moments with God with the help of Holy Spirit.  Read the Bible like a vitamin, not necessarily understanding how it works, just knowing that it is changing you from within.  Slow down and listen, take time to consider your actions towards others.  Words are powerful and forgiveable but can never be taken back.  The world knows the core essence of love – it is relationship.  We can all speak the truth In Love and they will know you are Christians by your love for one another.

 

Live Love, Speak Love, Live Life with Love!

Live Life with God!