Friday, August 27, 2010

On Love

Deuteronomy 11:1 is my text: "You shall therefore love the LORD your God, and always keep His charge, His statutes, His ordinances, and His commandments."

According to culture Americana, "love" is a gooey emotion that happens when a handsome young man and a pretty young woman lock eyes. That's why we can fall into it, 'cuz it's liquid and gooey.

Think about our phrases:
  • Fell in love
  • Love at first sight
  • Have feelings for
  • Young love
  • I can't love [some person]
While this emotional aspect is an important effect of love, it is not love itself. God here COMMANDS us (in the Deuteronomy text) to love Him. But how are we to force ourselves to feel emotional "love"? I don't know. Our emotions should be subject to God too. But it starts with a choice (which we can only make by God's Grace). It should effect the emotions, but it shouldn't be solely an emotional thrill. Else how do we love our spouse, or our children, if we wake up on the wrong side of the bed?

Indeed, sometimes we must love in spite of our emotions. As they said so well in the film Fireproof- my paraphrase- "you can't follow your heart. You've got to lead your heart."


Rob said...

Excellent stuff!

Rebekah said...

A good post! Very true. That's a good quote at the end. We often tend to forget that "the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked" and think it will lead us safely.

Just a suggestion, Gabriel - it might make it easier on your readers if you actually quote the verse you are working from - not everyone will probably look it up or have it memorized... :)

To the KING be all the glory!


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