Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Learning to Love

Well, it has been quite a while since I have last posted on here! I have decided to start something new on here. It is my goal to learn something every day - whether it be something new or something that God has re-taught this stubborn heart. I thought that posting every day on here would be great for two reasons: It'll hold me more accountable and I can share what God is teaching me with all of you! I hope that you will follow along with me on this. I want you to know before I start that when I say that I want to learn something every day, I don't mean that I want to learn new things about God that no one else knows. God's Word holds all of the knowledge of God that we will receive and all that we need to know. If God "tells" anyone anything that is either contrary to God's Word or not recorded there, then I do not believe that it is from God. It is my desire that God will teach me things that are already in His Word. My heart is often stubborn and there is so much that I do not know and so much that I need to relearn... Feel free to comment and follow along with me...

To start, I thought I'd share with you all what God has been teaching me recently. He has been teaching me quite a lot. It seems that when you are open to His teaching, He just pours out His wisdom! A lot of times the things He teaches me are not always things that I want to learn, especially when they're about me and things that I know I need to change about myself. He seems to be doing that a lot lately.

-He has been teaching me a lot about love. He has been revealing to me that my love for Him is shallow at times. As my friend said, if I was really in love with God, I would want to be talking about Him all the time. She also brought up an interesting point: If a guy were to tell me that he would die for me, us girls would think that that is the most romantic thing ever. The truth is, Jesus has died for me. Why do I so often find this amazing truth irrelevant to my life - when really, it transforms every area of my life?

-God has been revealing to me that my love for others is often shallow as well. If I was really concerned about them and if I really loved them and cared about them, I would be alarmed and even horrified about their eternity. A while ago I read a letter from an atheist to Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron (http://www.wayofthemaster.com/) basically saying that if we Christians really believe that hell is a real place and that many, many people are going to perish there forever, why aren't we doing something more about it? He brings up a painful and convicting point: Why am I not doing something more? No, I cannot save anyone... but I can obey God's calling on mine and every Christ follower's life: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19,20)

These are things that the Holy Spirit has really been convicting me of lately. The Enemy knows this and has been attacking me with discouraging thoughts, but God is so much more powerful than any of the Enemy's schemes. It is my prayer that I will not let what God is teaching me to "sit on a shelf" but rather use it for His glory. That is the reason that we are here!

"Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. But the man who loves God is known by God."
-1 Corinthians 8:1-3


Emily Barclay said...

Glad to see you'll be posting again! After I get my school finished at the end of this week I'm hoping to get back to my very neglected blog.

I love what you said about a guy saying he would die for us. That is so true! Lately I've been learning about how selfish I am. I really need to work on that.

Good luck with posting things you learn! I'll be checking it out every day!

Ben (discipleofElyon) said...

*adds your blog to Google Reader*

I've found that finding the time to blog at all is difficult for me, much less posting every day. So I wish you success on that endeavor!

I've been in the same boat recently. God's love is such an incredible thing. I think the more we get to know God and His love, the more we will love like He does. And Jesus said that those who abide in the Vine produce fruit; abiding, or merely spending time with the Lord and in the Word, is something I've been lacking lately (well, I suppose that is always true, since one can't spend too much time with God lol)...especially with so many projects I have to get done before the school year is over.

And I think if we really were consumed by God's love and understood His love for creation, an eternity in hell wouldn't even be an issue. Evangelizing wouldn't be saving people from hell, but instead would be focused on introducing them to the greatest lover in the universe.

I guess it all comes back to "abiding in the vine."

Anyhow..I'll stop rambling on. Great post!