Friday, December 12, 2008

Love . . . and Meaning It



The following passage from the Gospel of Luke is well known enough. It gets quoted quite often . . .

And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF (Luke 10:27).

I wonder if any of us really understand the ramifications of this commandment of Scripture, and I mean in their entirety? What would be the results if we really obeyed it?

5 comments:

saunch said...

Joel, I believe that it is impossible to do this. Yes, it should still be something we strive for, but this is a summary of the law, the ten commandments. I think He was trying to convict this person of his sin. Even as believers it's impossible for us to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and our neighbor as much as we love ourselves. It seems if we could have done this we would have had no need for a Savior.

I recently heard a local Pastor who said that this was the beginning place in spiritual growth, that this was where you had to start. I think he doomed his congregation to the slavery of the law, and ultimate frustration in their spiritual lives. This is not the STARTING place; this is perhaps the goal, but we will never completely achieve it until we're glorified in heaven. I've heard some believers say that we CAN achieve this, but only with the Holy Spirit's help. I think we can make progress towards it, but it is impossible for us to achieve in this life.

Solameanie said...

Saunch, I do indeed agree with you for the most part. I think my overall intent was to get us thinking about what things would be like if we truly loved God with all our hearts, and if we truly loved our neighbors and vica versa. I've never been an instantaneous sanctification person.

The main point, of course, is that love is the fulfillment of the Law. In practice, if I love God like I should, I won't wrong Him. If I love you like I ought, I won't wrong you.

Given the corruption of our society these days, it certainly is difficult to achieve. "When lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold."

Randy said...

Sola,

I'm finding that the "love of many will grow cold." It certainly has come down to that. Even among believers. Just my perception but it seems more believers are so into "themselves" they have no time for God or others. No, I'm not painting with a broad brush. Thankfully there are those that still do love God and others. It just seems it's another sign of the times.

Randy

Ron said...
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Ron said...

It seems that the place I neglect to consider fully is my own obedience. And I think it's an interesting point in the following parable, the Good Samaritan, that the person was the individual most likely not to help helping the individual who would have expected and probably wanted it from anybody but the one who did help. Humbleness and mercy.