“Watch what God does, and then you do it…. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that..” Eph 5:1-2 (MSG)
‘Love like that.’
I think sometimes it’s easy to read God’s words as mere commands that we must unthinkingly or perhaps begrudgingly go out and just do ‘because he said so.’
But I think he wants more for us than that. I think he wants his wisdom for living to flow from our knowing of him.
He tells us to ‘love like that.’
Love like what?
In this verse he asks us to love like what we have first learned of him. To love like what we have first observed of him. To love as we have *learned* that he loves us. To love like what we *know* of him.
When we find ourselves in what might feel to be a humbling position of receiving love when we know we actually aren’t able to give to that same extreme back – maybe through that receiving we find ourselves better able to offer a fragment of that same kind of love?
I think maybe it’s that kind of knowing – that kind of experiencing that really changes us, that moves us to live differently.
It’s good news I think, because, what he asks to give, is that which he has first given to us.
‘Watch what God does, and then you do it’
(Post-ponders from last nights installment of the series of SPACE evenings put on by Venn Foundation – Auckland, NZ).