We have just gone through the season of Lent and Easter. During this time, we have gone to the cross with Jesus and journeyed to the empty tomb from which He arose victorious over death. These two experiences of our Lord remind us of God’s love for each and every one of us. Love is at the heart and center of God’s message to the world and it is, according to Paul in 1 Corinthians 13, more important than anything when it comes to being a person of faith.
Yes, we know that God loves us. Yes, we know that we are to love others as God has loved us. So, understanding God’s love for us and how we are to share that love with all people upon this earth continues to be one of the most challenging aspects of being human.
For instance, in his book, The Wisdom of Insecurity, Alan W. Watts writes the following concerning morality and love from a chapter entitled Creative Morality:
“It is perhaps a paradox to talk about creative morality. For ‘morality’ is derived from a word meaning custom and convention, and the regulation of life by rules. But morality has also come to mean the working of love in human relations, and in this sense we can speak of a morality which is creative. St. Augustine described it as, ‘Love, and do what you will.’ But the problem has always been how to love what you do not like.”
You think? We do live in a world, in a 21st Century world, that just cannot seem to get that right. There was one who walked the earth 2,000 years ago who seemed to get that. His name was and is Jesus.
– Doug Fairbanks
Published on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 @ 10:47 AM EDT