|Posted by lestom27 on March 13, 2013 at 8:25 AM|
As I woke up, a thought crossed my mind about love...and a question - what does love look like?
If you have spent any time in a church - and they teach on the subject of God's love - it always seems as tho it is painted as fluffy white clouds, the birds are singing - angels dancing and we are being being embraced by God. Now, this is OK, and has some truth to it. But i want to look at the other end of love.
One of the greatest acts of love found in the bible is, where Jesus was on the cross for you and I. It doesn't mention white clouds, birds singing nor angels dancing. In this one act of love, there was such a battle going on. Then Jesus said, "It is finished." His love for us was shown in a place of warring in the spiritual realm.
If we take a look at the life of Jesus on earth, many times his love was expressed in a giving, caring and humility as he served. We need to learn from that, but we also need to understand that this love, has power and authority to destroy spiritual mountains.
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
Laying our life down for another - True love
How many times have you read this passage - I have so many times - and it wasn't till today that i saw something...Vrs 13 - we quote this a lot - Greater love has no one than this - to lay down one's life for one's friends. I have always looked at laying down your life as the key...but another word stood out today - "Friends".
In this point of the text - Jesus was still calling his disciples "servants" and then he begins to show the power of his love - vrs 15 - I no longer call you servants, instead i call you friends. WOW - there was a shift in the demonstration of His love.
So we can see, Love is not all about fluffy clouds - its about battle, warring in the spirit for what is good for your friends, families and so on. But there is a love that takes us to the trenches of life to deal with powers and principalities in the spirit. This aspect of love needs to be evident in our walk. staring in the sky is not going to win the battle. Warring in the spirit - is a key!