I was thinking about the paladining thing again today…. and was called to read 1 John 3.
1 John 3:23 This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. (NASB)
Sometimes I get sucked into this world’s wisdom, and wonder, “should I play it safe, should I put up the defenses and concentrate on my own life”? And … that’s not Biblical. Sure, we should concentrate on purifying ourselves as He is pure (also in 1 John 3) but … for what purpose? It’s not for the purpose of our salvation, we know that our works of righteousness are as filthy rags to our Lord.
Looked up the word love as it is used in this verse … Quoting from Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary, in regards to agapao (love/charity):
“Christian love, whether exercised toward the brethren, or toward men generally, is not an impulse from the feelings, it does not always run with the natural inclinations, nor does it spend itself only upon those for whom some affinity is discovered. Love seeks the welfare of all (Romans 15:2) and works no ill to any, (Romans 13:8-10); love seeks opportunity to do good to ‘all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith,’ (Galatians 6:10).
Love is about putting ourselves out there to do good stuff for those around us. It doesn’t matter how we *feel* about it. And we’re *commanded* to love. That’s the Big One.
God never EVER told us to make nice safe pleasant lives for ourselves. He told us to go out there and love others, as He has loved us.
God is ultimately in control of my safety and well-being. He is the creator of the Universe. Control is an illusion… the gunshots I heard the other night could have come through my bedroom wall and sent me directly to Heaven, no stopping along the way. But they didn’t. The wave that I dived under today could have broken my neck. A shark could have swam up and eaten me. A car could have hit me – good heavens, I drive on I-5 regularly, that’s probably the most death-defying thing I could manage!
So – since my safety is in God’s hands, what’s really in my hands is what I do with my days, hours and life…………..
I will love.