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Truth: I hate reading clichés about love. As in, I’d prefer to read a phone book.
All’s fair in love and war. Really?
Love means never having to say, “I’m sorry.” YOU’RE KIDDING.
So when clichés about love involve truths about God, I pretty much go batty.
On occasion I’ve heard people extol love for God and I’ve winced. Love isn’t the most important thing, I think. What about all the fruit of the Spirit? What about … the COMMANDMENTS? With a fear of running toward emotionalism, I rationalize a greater need for faithfulness, obedience, or service. Love is a sentiment best printed on candy hearts, right? How can feeling something for God be better than doing something for Him?
If you were a fly on the wall in my home, you would hear this simple exchange on a regular basis:
Cute son: “Mommy, I love you.”
Tired mom: “I love you, Buddy. How do you show me that you love me?”
Cute son: “By obeying you.”
Today, I was in the midst of the whole, I-love-you-Buddy-How-do-you-show-me-that-you-love-me exchange when it hit me like a hurricane:
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:36-40 ESV)
And my theory of obedience-over-love lost its helium.
If love is the hook on which everything hangs, shouldn’t I work to develop my love even more than I seek to improve my service? In other words, if I disobey, it isn’t because I need to work on obedience–it’s because I need to love God more.
If love is the gasoline, obedience is the gas meter. Of course, you’ll never read that on a greeting card.