Morning Musings by Bop

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This is a variation on the well known story about the person who entertained the Lord.  This person cleaned and vacuumed until the house shone – at least most of it.  While showing the place off, the Lord zeroed in on the one room that defied the homeowner’s best efforts.  It was this room that the Lord was most interested in.

In my version the Lord was allowed, on a temporary basis, to stay in the worst room in the house – not cleaned in years and inhabited by creatures the homeowner did not want to talk about.  This suited the Lord just fine because after cleaning up this room he could move on to the rest.

This revision comes out of 1 John 4.7-21.  We love and know love because we have come into contact with the source of love through Jesus, the embodiment of love.  This love invades lives where there was only a sense of entitlement or (self love) and brings about the expanding ability to love others.  John writes of “perfecting” God’s love, by which he refers to the expanding expression of the love that we came in contact with when we first acknowledged Jesus as Lord.

John’s account ends with “whoever loves God must love his brother (or sister).  The word “must” is a problem to me because love is never commanded or demanded, but is always freely given and received.  If, however, “must” is understood as “the logical extension” it makes more sense.  If we are truly touched by God’s love and if his love has truly invaded the dark corners of our lives, our love for each other will follow as naturally as exhaling follows inhaling.

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1John4:12

 

Comments

  1. I love this story, I am going to share this on my facebook and twitter, I think these word need to get out so others can see what they have been missing..
    @tisonlyme143

  2. Tamra Phelps says:

    It can be impossible to ‘love’ some people. I think I come to the conclusion that this refers to, as you said, God’s love, which isn’t the same thing as we might call ‘in love.’ May be we can have ‘God’s love’ for our fellow man without being ‘in love’ with a few of them.

  3. Bridget Combs says:

    This is a fabulous message for the week, in light of the currently divided country

  4. Amber Ludwig says:

    I have a problem with the word must as well!! I don’t think we must love everyone, but I do think we should have patience and understanding for others.

  5. violet taylor says:

    thank you, i’ve always had a problem with must. i love this story and will share the love

  6. Terry Poage says:

    This is a great story/ Reminds us all to share the love.

  7. I love this verse. This is exactly what the Lord does for each of us. He works in and thru us to clean us up. Thank you so much for sharing this

  8. Thank you so much for sharing! Happy Holidays!

  9. Nancy Burgess says:

    I love this story thanks for sharing it with us.

  10. Jennifer Truong says:

    What an inspirational message! Thank you for sharing!

  11. janie vezina says:

    very true, we mustbe able to show love to one another.

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