Isn't God

The other day I met someone who had been a Christian for years, but who was showing little love to the people around him.

It reminded me of the way I can be if I’m not careful.  And it reminded me of this:

Knowledge of God without the love of God isn’t God.

And that’s a growing edge for me spiritually.  It’s much easier for me to grow my knowledge of God than it is for me grow my love for God and people.

And maybe the biggest challenge I will have today will not be to know more, but to love more.  To love deeply.

My problem is that the more I know about life, or a person, or a situation, the less easy I find it to love. It is much easier for me to love people in principle than to love them specifically. That isn’t universally true, but it’s true enough to concern me.

I can easily

See the flaws

Find the challenges

Think about how I would handle things better than they have

And knowledge of God, of the bible, of the way things should be can actually make that worse, not better.  So I remind myself that God doesn’t behave that way.  He is all knowing – he sees faults that I am completely blind to in me and in others.  And he is all loving. He doesn’t use his knowledge as a blunt instrument or barrier.  He sees all and decides to give all.  He loves anyway.  And so should I.

So I remind myself:  knowledge of God without the love of God isn’t God.

So today, I need to not just know…I need to love.

How about you?  How do you see this dynamic at work in your life?

3 Comments

  1. Helen on March 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I think loving specifically is hard because that means I have to put up with/rise above/endure someone else’s unacceptable (to me) way of behaving, and that causes me discomfort, and I don’t like to be uncomfortable.
    It’s so much easier for me to love my fellow man in principle than it is to actually show genuine love to another human being at the expense of my own comfort.

  2. Jonathan Holcomb on March 23, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I like how you say we need to love specifically. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard and probably said, that we should love others. However, to love specifically makes us (the individual) vulnerable. Good stuff.

    • Carey on March 23, 2011 at 10:41 am

      Thanks John. Specifics are always so much more difficult for me than principles.

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