After spending a very difficult month attending to my father who was ill (thank God he is healed now), I am finally back where I belong. I am extremely grateful to WordPress for faithfully preserving this blog while I was away, and to my fellow bloggers and friends who must have been thinking about me. I thank you all for your patience and love.
And talking about love… I know there are people who love cats, dogs and every kind of animal. Now, this is good and commendable, and even God is happy when we love and have mercy on animals. In fact, it is not just that the Bible commands us to love our animals, but even were we to search our hearts, there is no way a man can claim to be Godly and yet have no bowels of mercy for animals, for that is the heart of God. In any case, animals are extremely loyal and lovable. They demand nothing, but they have much to give to anyone who takes time to be with them.
Seen in this light, it would appear that living and loving an animal is far much easier than living with fellow humans. Humans are difficult beings to live with. They have many things that are un-likable. Furthermore, I believe one of the weighty reasons why we find it so difficult to love one another is that when we look at fellow human beings, we see many of the weaknesses that we hate to see in our own lives. But the bottom line is that it is extremely difficult in our imperfect world to find a person whom we can look up to and perfectly desire the example of life that they have.
But it is to these imperfect humans that God has directed His peculiar form of love, and He calls us to follow suit. God calls upon us as His children to love our fellow human beings.
I believe there is something in man that is extremely endearing to God. The Bible says that God created man in His own image and, furthermore, that He has put His Spirit in man. Man is therefore God’s child, and God has poured all His love on him.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn 3:16).
God so loved man that He was willing to send His Son to die to save man. Whoever believes in Christ’s sacrifice inherits eternal life.
In the same way that Christ sacrificed Himself and gave away His life, God calls on us to die to self in order that others might live. We cannot claim to walk in love unless we are dying to self. Dying in this regard means giving up our rights to pave way for someone to pass along. It is like you are standing in a queue and someone comes up and you give them your place.
Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple” (Lk. 14:26).
The world cannot know true love, simply because love has to do with the cross working in our lives.
So, next time, as a child of God, make sure to give up your rights and/or privileges so that another might profit.