We’re Doing it Wrong
Of course, that’s just my opinion. I might be the only person who believes, after reading the New Testament, that the Church needs to love and care for the Church first and foremost. After all, we’re the family of God.
Family love is the best version of love we as humans have to offer. It’s a love that protects and provides. It cares enough to discipline. It’s a love that is unconditional and unending. It would cause us to do just about anything to stop the one we love from ruining their life. It’s so powerful it would make us lay down our lives to save those we love.
Well, it is when we get it right anyway.
Dream with me for a moment of a group of people who do get it right. A group of people who choose to truly commit to each other. A people who give each other the benefit of the doubt, carry each other’s burdens and always allow for the inevitable processing of hard things.
I mean if we really could find a people who loved like that, wouldn’t you do just about anything to be a part of that group?
Of course, there would have to be something that unified them. No two people are exactly alike. We all have differing opinions and perspectives but if there were one overwhelming point of agreement and every person’s thoughts and actions were overshadowed and influenced by that one thing?
Well, I may be wrong, but it seems to me that a group like that would actually create something others would do just about anything to be a part of too. Maybe every one of them would even change the way they thought about the meaningless stuff in life. You know, small stuff that doesn’t really matter all that much in the grand scheme of things. Stuff that no one will even know or care about 100 years from now. They’d lay those things aside rather than let them be the cause of division.
A group of people that loved that perfectly, that unselfishly? Wow, they could change the world, couldn’t they?
Now before the Passover Feast, Jesus knew that His hour had come [and it was time] for Him to leave this world and return to the Father. Having [greatly] loved His own who were in the world, He loved them [and continuously loves them with His perfect love] to the end (eternally).
John 13:1 AMP
So if I, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet as well. For I gave you [this as] an example, so that you should do [in turn] as I did to you.
John 13:14-15 AMP
I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”
John 13:34-35 AMP
I don’t know, maybe I’m not the only one who thinks we’re getting it wrong.