Monday, April 13, 2009

Love is Enough!



I think there is a lot who think that to be completely loved by the Father; we must do things to win his love or approval. We must accomplish things that Christians are supposed to accomplish, like attending a church building, evangelize to add to the Kingdom, and the list goes on… I think if we truly want to know what Father’s love is like, we need to stop trying to ‘do’ anything and learn how to just be content in learning how to live loved without doing anything. I think some may find this to be a little foreign, but once they see this for what it really is, my hope is that the light will go on. I have had some great in depth discussions on facebook about evangelism, and quoting scripture, and the thing that I have mostly heard is if we ‘do’ these things according to how we were taught and according to certain scriptures as they are perceived, then we will be loved. Though it doesn’t seem like love is enough, and it seems that some think there is always something more we have to accomplish in order to be completely loved by the Father. This kind of mentality of thinking I think just becomes more about what we ‘do’ and less about living loved by Father and loving others. If I am not mistaken, I think the greatest commandment was to love the Lord your God with all of your heart soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. The rest is pretty trivial to this… I really believe that if people will stop trying so hard to please God according to their to do lists than I think they will find rest when they put down their efforts and just learn how to live loved that will bring about so much more peace, and fulfillment. Love is enough, if we only have eyes to see that it can and will accomplish way more than our efforts can ever put forth. More thoughts to come in relation to this post…

9 comments:

Michy said...

You have got to come to my church!!! We just started '40 Days of Love' about how to love God and love others better. I think it would be right up your alley. There is even a book to read to go along with the sermons. Also, we are forming small groups so that would be a great way to meet more ppls in Durango!!! Give me a shout if you're interested.

Mich

ps- we should get together this week!

pps- when are you stopping by!?!?

ppps- hope you had a great Easter trip!

Nicole said...

Hey Michelle! Thanks for the invite, but I am not interested in going to a church. However, I am all for having some more dialogue about this topic if you want to get together and share our hearts together that would be fabulous!!!

And yes we should get together this week and I was thinking that soon I wanted to come out to the ranch to check it out... I give you a call here soon! :)

Always, Nicole!

Bino M. said...

Totally agree, Nicole!

Anonymous said...

Ha! Aunt Niece is reading this now. What about this thought...I do a lot of what you write about here NOT to feel loved but because I love so much. Here's a good parallel question: Do you do everything you do for Jonathan so that YOU will feel loved and are you trying to EARN his love? Hmmmm
OR, do you do all you do to and for Jonathan because YOU LOVE HIM? Hmmmmm

Also, there is NOTHING we can do to earn God's love...definition of legalism. If we serve for any other reason other than our love for Christ, then we are caught up in legalism.

More to think about....

Nicole said...

Hey Aunt Niece!

Glad you stopped by! :)

Good thoughts indeed...

I think that it goes both ways...

Absolutely, I think it is possible to use God's love as an advantage and for selfish reason's, but to me, that is not really love... Love goes both ways and to sincerely love Father, we must love him back, not that we have to, but because we want to and have that desire to... Love is a choice, it is not something that can be forced or put into action, but in order to have a relationship with Father we must love him sincerely and unselfishly. Learning how to lived love and loving is one of the hardest things we try to do, but if we just live loved and love back, its simple really. There is no Doing anything, but resting in Father's love and learning how to love him back!

Good thoughts!

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