Song of Solomon 2:4 (NKJV)
[ The Shulamite to the Daughters of Jerusalem ] He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love.
2 John 5-6 (NKJV)
5 And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another.
6 This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.
How can we actively choose to love someone toward whom you do not “feel” especially loving? Or loving someone who has offended us in so many ways or someone who has done grievous harm to us? Is there a way out?
There’s a huge difference between EMOTIONAL and VOLITIONAL love.
EMOTIONAL love is based on attraction and human feelings. It is a wonderful human feeling for one another. They often sparkle and fade fast like fireworks on a hot night.
The higher way of love is VOLITIONAL or AGAPE LOVE. It is a response to our WILL, a CHOICE to love even though things or situations get very difficult and seems to be an impossible hurdle to overcome because of deep seated hatred and wounds. However, it must be noted that both emotional and volitional loves are useful for building human and societal relationships.
In the Bible, Jesus Christ taught us about the higher (or deeper) VOLITIONAL love when he said, “Love the LORD your GOD…” (Mark 12:30). He recognised that such VOLITIONAL love takes the sincere and whole effort of the heart and soul and mind and strength. Humanly speaking, it is never an easy task. We will fail miserably without a higher power to help us. We need GOD to help us in our human frailty.
The marvelous thing is that when we truly LOVE GOD before all else, we can overcome hatred and evil thrown at us by our enemy. This higher love for the Lord will also transform and satisfy our emotional love for one another. Amazing, isn’t it? A wise saying goes like, “Killing two birds with one stone.” Start loving the Lord first.
When we are secured in God’s (agape) love, we become free to give and receive love as never before and with no strings attached. With VOLITIONAL LOVE, we can experience the treasure trove or riches of what true love could offer to us in this broken world. The Lord will begin to miraculously restore and heal the hardest of human relationships.
Also, with AGAPE, we can endure the imperfections of emotional love because we aren’t committed to relationships through feelings alone, but out of a CHOICE to love even when the going gets tough.
In Romans 5:8 (NKJV): “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” In LOVE, God gave His Only Son Jesus Christ to die for us on the cross while we were still in our sins. The Lord has shown us the way and it’s possible. Hallelujah!
And in Romans 8:31, the WORD says: “If God is for us, who can be against us? God is always there for us as we love each other with the love of God in our hearts. It is in HIS WILL for us to love one another dearly (agape).
We as believers are called to reach out to others with the LOVE of Christ in our lives. The world is watching us and asking “Where is the CHRISTIAN LOVE?”
So, my brothers and sisters, LOVE (AGAPE) one another unconditionally in CHRIST.
Merry Christmas and a Great Year 2016 ahead.
“JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON.”
Scripture References :
1. Mark 12:30-31 (NKJV)
30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.
31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
2. Deuteronomy 6:5 (NKJV)
5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
3. Proverbs 17:17 (NKJV)
17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.
4. Matthew 5:44 (NKJV) The Words of JESUS
44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you…