Now, before you start thinking I’m going to don hippie garb and flash the “peace” sign everywhere, let me explain.
I’m not referring to a fleshly, carnal love movement. Nor am I alluding to the lavish but merely verbal and superficial “christian” affirmations of love and care for someone that are not backed up by concrete action. Nope. No sloppy agape here! Those are merely revolting; not revolutionary.
I’m being swept up into a love revolution by receiving a true Love Revelation!
Michael Rose, a good brother up in Canada, eh?, who likes to fly kites while walking in the Kingdom, wrote a book a while back entitled, Becoming Love: Avoiding Common Forms of Christian Insanity. I read the book back in November 2012 and blogged a bit about it here. But, with recent events transpiring in my life and relationship with Father, I have revisited Michael’s helpful treatise. That’s a fancy way of saying ‘book’! Impressive, no?
In his book, which you should purchase and read, (you can purchase a Kindle version for $4.99 and a paperback for under $15) you will find the following:
Scripture is clear: God is loving and God is love, and whoever abides in love is in God. But I must point out an important distinction before we continue – Scripture says God is love, not love is God. This may seem like a small point but it must be kept straight because it is God Himself who is the personification of love, who thereby defines love by His being. To invert the relationship will allow our idea of love to define God, which will render God small and fickle. This results in a “bastard love” which disfigures divine love into something less, like sentimentality or romanticism. True love is not self-absorbed nor does it smile and turn a blind eye to brokenness. Love isn’t self-righteous and it doesn’t capitalize on the pain and brokenness of another to feed its own needs. Rather, divine love manifests truth and health which are embedded in love itself. Love provides a context for truth.
The key in this statement is God defines love by His Being but we cannot permit our idea of love to define God. If we allow our preconceived notions of what love is we will continually fall short of God’s intention for us and be frustrated in our faith, or worse, live a self-centered, carnal christian life. It is powerful when Michael goes on to say that Divine Love manifests truth and health and provides a context for truth. Accurate Love manifestations propel us into maturity; false love manifestations leave us as mere babes.
We must get Love right! It serves as the basis out of which all the other “stuff” flows!
Here’s some truth to consider. While the Old Covenant law was “Love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength & your neighbor as yourself, no man could ever live up to such lofty standards due to their fallen, sinful nature. Their being did not have the capability to perform such a task. The law given was simply a manifestation and revealing of God’s Nature. He loved the way described in the law because Love is His Being.
So, rather than leaving mankind to live a life in separation from Him because they had been born out of the fallen nature of the first ADAM, He sent a true man, which was born out God’s Nature. Jesus came and lived a sinless life satisfying the Old standard. He was LOVE, sent by LOVE, to express LOVE so that all who would believe into Him could receive LOVE, and be born again receiving the Nature of Love.
He then gives a NEW COMMANDMENT: LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU! How could He place such an incredible expectation on us? Now, we must love LIKE HE LOVES! It’s simple…….He is aware of and confident in the Nature of Love He has seeded into those who truly believe and receive.
Defining Love accurately and, therefore, exhibiting Love effectively boils down to understanding and functioning according to our New Nature when we are born again out of God.
7-10 My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.
11-13 My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love! This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit.
You need to think about this for a while. It is a life changing, life altering kind of a revelation when you truly consider the type of Love Father has bestowed upon us so that we can be called His sons. It is, indeed, a love revolution!
Keep your peace!