I made a new friend recently in the most peculiar way. A conference was held at an institution I felt represented my personal and spiritual viewpoint, and the speaker gave her talk on a subject I was most interested in; serving the Lord. Long story short (AS IF I could do THAT), I struggled to resonate what was spoken at this conference with what the Bible teaches.
And since I have time on my hands, I wrote an evaluation letter. A very NICE letter…I had no need to stir conflict or promote dissension. I just brought up some food for thought and hoped to begin a dialogue. Well, the poor woman who received the letter (she stated mine was the last in a line of not-so-nice communications) contacted me and asked if I would meet her for lunch. “Sure!” I said, who would want to pass up lunch?? We bonded famously over leafy food and enjoyed each other immensely. I discovered her wedding anniversary was the following day (so was mine!), that she had been married 26 years (me too!!), and that she loves red wine (‘nuff said, bff and ever)
As we discussed my concerns over the conference, a theme emerged from which we both felt a desire to investigate. How do believers balance a life in pursuit of truth with that of a pursuit of love? My friend spends much of her time in an atmosphere where truth is spoken, taught, argued, and debated; she wonders where the love is. I spend most of my days pursuing truth, excited about what I am learning, and feel (as I spoke of before) that love is given plenty of air space in our Christian communities.
Today, in Because He Loves Me, I read the chapter entitled “Walk in Love.” Ms. Fitzpatrick writes that it is truth, mainly about God and specifically about us, that will propel our walk toward love. “Our resume has already been written; we’re more sinful and flawed than we ever dared believe, but more loved and welcomed than we ever dared hope.”
Our response to God’s overwhelming love and our overwhelming sin is obedience to the greatest commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘you shall not commit adultery,’ ‘you shall not murder,’ ‘you shall not steal,’ ‘you shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:8-10)
Be prepared, I’m gonna love on ya!