So I haven’t blogged yet since I got back from Honduras because honestly I have no idea where to start. There is so much I want to say! So much that I learned, experienced, loved, and grew from I don’t even know if words would do it justice. So I’ll start with this:
I. Love. God.
We learn to love God as little children, but sometimes we don’t develop that love as we get older.
These past two weeks I have found a new and greater love for God than I ever thought imaginable.
I thought I loved God before, really and truly loved Him, but I hadn’t even scratched the surface of love.
I have fallen even more in love with His creation, His people, and His Word. And now that I know what it feels like for my love to grow, I never want it to stop growing!
God made everything! This whole world! Not just “America the Beautiful.” Everything He made is beautiful! It is impossible not to love it! And it is so incredible to keep falling in love with it every single time I look outside.
God loves His people. He loves all of us. From the people living in the dump, to the prisoners who have killed their husbands, to the people preaching the gospel, to the people sitting at ease on their couches and recliners. He loves us all.
And He commands us to love each other as well!
Sure we say we love one another. But do our actions show it?? We sit with our nice computers, cool air conditioners, name brand sneakers, cabinets full of food, and never give a second thought to the millions people all over the world who have nothing.
If we truly loved as Jesus loved, as Jesus said to love, there wouldn’t be people having to live at the dump surrounded by vultures and who knows what else!
If our child, or parent, or sibling, or friend, or spouse, or boyfriend, or girlfriend, or another other person that we love were living in that situation there’s no doubt in my mind that we would be selling whatever necessary in order to help them. To clothe them. To feed them. To put a roof over their heads.
But yet there are still millions of people living like that. And billions sitting by and doing little to nothing.
Yet we love them??
I don’t think so.
We are constantly in a war it seems like. As soon as one war is won, another begins. I listen to so many Christians speak admirably about war. Encouraging it. Wanting to fight back. To retaliate. Christians are fighting. Hating. Killing.
Yet we love one another?
Doesn’t sound like it.
The song The Greatest Command seems to be a favorite of many. I don’t think I’ve ever attended a youth function where it wasn’t sung, unless there were simply too few to sing it, and even then it usually attempted at least.
But when was the last time we honestly examined the words and how they should apply in our lives?
It is laid out so plainly in the very first part:
"Love one another, for love is of God. He who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God is love.”
Maybe if people would take a good honest look into their hearts, they would see what I saw. I didn’t know God because I didn’t love as He would have me to. I still don’t know everything about God, but I don’t believe we are meant to because as our love grows, so does God.
If Christians would just be Christians and love as Christ did, we really could turn this world upside down.