I am sorry if my posts seem sermon-ish lately.
I think I go through phases in my thinking, and it reflects in some kind of pattern here on this site.
Today I was thinking about how I used to really judge people’s mistakes and spend a lot of time trying to avoid sin. I would say cute phrases like, “hate the sin, love the sinner,”
But the *real* sins like, you know like sexual sins, I was both terrified and judgmental about.
Another thing, I used to be so concerned with what others said was right and wrong I never took the time to stop and think why?
What makes something right or wrong?
Is it simply something that hurts other people or hurts you or not?
Is it simply something that God says is right or wrong?
As a kid the most annoying thing in the world is when you asked a parent “Why?” and they would respond with, “Because I said so.”
Now granted there is a time when you can’t comprehend the reasons why and you have to just trust your parent’s judgment.
But when you enter adulthood and began to reason and process things for yourself and hopefully develop your own moral compass, it would be frankly condescending for your parent to still say, “Because I said so.”
I don’t think God wants to say that to us. I think He wants us to understand and make up our own minds about what is right and wrong.
“Love fulfills the whole law.”
What if there were no arguments about what is good and what is not, simply because it was obvious if you are loving, it is good. If you are not loving, it is not.
How is it that simple?
Well, God is love.
He wants us to feel loved, and to love.
We are made to do both, and when we don’t have one or the other we are like a bird with a broken wing.
Simple, but impossible on our own.
Because no matter how hard we try, we are selfish.
We always have a hidden agenda.
An ulterior motive.
But He doesn’t.
That’s why, the only way to live, is to be embraced by utter love Himself.
It’s may not seem to “make sense.”
It may not be a step-by-step process, a list of things to read and understand with your head.
But it is life.
And swiftly, with no motive other than pure gratuitous love,
You will be invaded by all that is good and true and lovely.
You may not always feel it.
You may still walk through days of terror,
But Love will be a way of life.
It will persist.
It will win.
It will overshadow living in a stuffy, black and white world of being hyper-sensitive to immorality.
It’s a beautiful world, full of color and light, where no one is judged, where love abounds.
Broken wings are mended, and we can finally take flight.