Last Sunday, Pastor Spike talked about bringing God pleasure. He said that one of the ways we do this is by loving God supremely. God made us to love Him, and He wants us to love Him back. Another way we do this is by loving others as He loved us; not because they deserve it, but because He loved us.
“When you become a Christian, you forfeit the right to choose who you love.”
Have you ever thought about that? Some people are just difficult to love…period. But as a Christian I don’t have a choice. Man, that’s tough to swallow. I definitely don’t show love at times, and God really convicted me of my inner-ugliness this week.
Anderson and I were just talking about the different people who have come into our lives over the last year. People with problems, people needing advice, people searching for love, people just looking for a loving place to hang out; and to be honest (when am I not?!) it gets tiring, but we are called to show them love no matter what. We get so much joy from seeing God work in their lives, so I sometimes wonder why I even complain!
Hosea 6:6 (NLT)
I want you to show love,
not offer sacrifices.
I want you to know me
more than I want burnt offerings.
Anderson took this in Callahan last week. A sweet reminder of God’s promise to us!