“All you need is love” – The Beatles
“No Promise’s no Demands – love is a battlefield” – Pat Benatar
“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters” – 1 John 3:16
I’ve been thinking about the whole ‘love’ issue for ages… it’s been mulling through my mind for a while until I heard at a soldiers funeral a variation of the 1 John 3:16 used to describe the act of going to war and dying for someone else… as an act of love.
And it made me realise that is what Christ was talking about when he talked about love.
The love of Christ goes well beyond feelings and warm fuzzy’s, and it even goes well past words… we’ve been made to think that love is all about the ‘feeling aspect’ but that’s only a mere brushstroke on the canvas of a much bigger and a much more vast picture.
You see it dawned on me we’re not saved by Gods feelings… We’re saved by the blood of his son, the pain, the sacrifice… the agony of what his son went through for us… it wasn’t about feelings… it was about love… and love in action.
Matt Redman in his book ‘Mirror Ball‘:
“Words like grace and mercy can sound so warm and carefree in certain context – but there is nothing soft and fluffy about them in this place”
Just like the soldier who fought for our freedom on the battlefield so too did Christ for us on the cross, the pain the suffering. This is not some wishy washy love it’s not some heartwarming kindness…
This is a bold, brave love… this is the kind of love that is dirty and sweaty and doesn’t fit nicely into our little love box of “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…” this is love in the trenches… a love for all mankind… with each laboured breath.
God is love… and through the love of Jesus Christ we see love in non-stop action. Sometimes it is still and peaceful… at other times it overturns temple tables in a rage, standing up for justice and reverence.
“We must have the whole picture… the incarnate, active, passionate, surrendering, dying, rising, ascending, reigning Jesus who moves in love and rules in power”