And Love…completed…I finally get it!
So I left the “and Love” blog entry kind of hanging. I felt like there was more I wanted to say, and there is more. So 2 months later, back to 1st Cor 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”. Now the King James here uses Charity instead of Love. That’s fine because that fits in with the whole chapter, plus with chapters 12 & 14 of 1st Cor. So I almost wonder if I’m pulling 1st Cor 13:13 a little out of context by using it in describe how I want my relationship with God to be. I hate finding out that I miss used a script just to prove my point. I would rather prove the scriptures point then use the scripture to prove my point. The love that 1st Cor 13 is talking about is an unselfish love. That’s why 1st Cor 13:11 says “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” Children are selfish; I know that sounds harsh but they mostly think of themselves. When you grow up you learn to look past yourself and look to the needs of others (hopefully). But really that is how I want to approach God, with an unselfish love. Like I said in before, in worship I want to cry "Holy, Holy, Holy" without crying “Help, Help, Help.” When we do get to heaven we will be able to sing exactly like that, I mean the “Holy” part. As far as what Revelation 4:8 tells us, “Holy, Holy, Holy” by the “4 Crazy Eyed Creatures” will be the #1 hit in Heaven. Do you remember Jesus’ greatest commandment? It’s found both in Luke 10 & Matt 22. We always want to quote the 2nd part of that commandment first. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But that follows the 1st part. “'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” that’s the Matt version. Luke throws “with all your strength” somewhere in there. Truly you can’t do the 2nd part of that command correctly with out doing the 1st part.
You know what’s crazy? In Matt 7:21 -23 Jesus said “Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” I think I finally get what Jesus is saying here. See these “evildoers” had 2 out the 3 found from 1 Cor 13:13 working in their lives, but neither of those 2 was love. It takes “faith” to drive out demons and do miracles; trust me, it does. Try casting out demons without faith. They also did the prophesy thing; you have to do that thru divine inspirations. As mater of fact they drove out demons and did miracles to/for others. They thought they had hope till Christ crushed that. The one blatant thing missing from their lives was Love. They never knew Jesus. Oh how I want to know Jesus. How can I do His will if I don’t even know who He is? Lately I’ve been stocking up on worship albums off of ITunes. On one of the albums there is this song called “You Won’t Relent” by Chris Quilala & Kim Walker. Kim Walker sings this one verse only a few times, but that verse sums it up for me. It goes “I don’t want to talk about You like You’re not in the room, want to look right @ You, want to sing right to You.” I’m not looking to split to Heaven a little early; I just want Heaven here on earth. Enoch had it. He had such a relationship with God that God just whisked Ol’E up so they could hang tighter; and that was after the fall but before the cross. That truly is becoming more of the desire of my heart. That is the way I try to worship. That is the way I choose this day to live.