Love is putting aside the “I” and inserting “God.” Of course, that’s counter-cultural in a society bent on individualism and “looking out after number 1.” Our felt needs can be served in so many ways and we seek that far more than we seek God’s approval.
In a conversation I had with a blogger friend, we debated God’s word. She didn’t consider something a sin which was directly opposite of what the Bible reads. She justified the person’s desire to fill a sinful felt need rather than as another commenter said, “rising to meet God at His level, instead of debasing ourselves to the world’s level.” We sort of lost sight of God’s holiness. We should love and honor Him so completely even if that means the pain of discomfort because it goes against our base natures. New believers aren’t going to get this right away, because we have just walked in wearing our sin. As we confess it and ask Him into our lives, the transformation continues until the day we meet Him.
My favorite verse in John illustrates that Jesus desires us to acknowledge our sin and walk away from it. It reads in John 8 about a woman caught committing adultery. According to Jewish law, the consequences was stoning. In the same chapter that Jesus says, “7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her,” Jesus also said to the woman, ““Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.””
Love is the greatest commandment. I never thought about how powerful that statement is, and many of us take it so lightly. Love being the greatest commandment according to Jesus means love affects our relationships outside of Him and our relationship with Him. How can we want to intentionally sin if He’s in our hearts? The greatest lie we could ever live is to justify our sin and downplay God in our lives. Some people get that right away and some don’t understand this until later.
Are you playing tug of war with God?