Live in Love

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Psalm 150; Hosea 5:15–6:6; 2 John 1–6

The passage in 2 John ends with, “live in .” Even without the political insanity, COVID, a struggling economy, elevated racial tensions, and many other issues, we do not “live in ” very well. Bluntly, we’re awful at it. All too often we get in our own way of living in . We struggle with what that might even mean.

Take many of the statements aimed at (then) President Trump and (now) President Biden. Most of the ones I see and have even heard were not a witness of . I have friends on “the left” and “the right” who operate as if I am on “their side”. Therefore, I am “blessed” to hear it all. It is not that we cannot have different opinions on the best paths forward, but when we assail a person rather than an issue we are not living in .

The racial tension and bias with responses against them were overwhelmingly displayed to the entire world showed just how much we Christians need to live in so as to reconcile the people of the world with one another and with God.

There is also the even harder aspect, and that this living in with God. Without question, God is . We have the image of God in us. Therefore, we should be doing well by living in . Except we don’t.

We are not unique in that. The book of Hosea, along with far too many others, shows that our human selfishness, our twisted (sinful?) version of self- keeps us from fully loving God.

When Jesus summarized the Law with, “Love God. Love Others,” we often say that it’s easy to God, and hard to others. In some ways that is true, as long as we are talking about superficial . Superficial is, “God is awesome,” without “God, guide me into your will,” and doing it.

The doing it part is the same difficulty we have with people. Loving people by raising flags or sharing posts “showing” our is easy. Doing, however, is something completely different.

Love God, yes. Ask God for guidance, and then follow it. It seems reasonable that once that happens, loving people will become much easier, as God will change our hearts so that we are better equipped to do so.

※Reflection※

  • What is God calling you to do? (Note: there isn’t a question of God calling to something.)
  • What is your honest self-assessment of how you are loving God?
  • What is your honest self-assessment of how you are loving others?

※Prayer※

Lord, you have called us to . Take any part of our hearts that are stone, and turn them into flesh, that we may you and others fully. Amen.