DayBreaks for 5/02/14 – Love’s Niagara Falls
Psalm 36:5 (NIV) – Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
I’ve never seen Niagara Falls up close. I’ve only beheld it from something like 30,000 feet, and even then, it was impressive. Those I know who have seen it up close say it is an experience to be heard and felt, as much as seen.
It is not a mistake, I am sure, that the two greatest commandments are both about love. After all, as John the apostle wrote, “God is love.” It is his very nature, just as DNA is intertwined with our nature.
Of all things, the church is called to be the cherub of God’s love to the world. Sadly, we often fail (nearly complete at times) in representing that love. Let me continue with some thoughts from Mark Buchanan again today, from his book, Your Church Is too Safe: “…it’s tragic whenever God’s love goes astray in any of us, gets lost in translation. It’s tragic whenever love’s Niagara Falls, poured into our hearts, trickles out Cripple Creek. It’s maybe more damaging to know the love of God and not share it than never to know it in the first place; isn’t that what Jesus found so damnable in so many of Israel’s religious leaders, men upon whom God had lavished his inheritance but who became older brothers, not squandering it but hoarding it, complaining about its scarcity?
“But it’s also important because without extravagant love, the church will never turn the world on its head. It won’t even turn the world’s head. Without love, the church will leave the world exactly how we found it. We’ll be no better than a priest or a Levite walking past a man in a ditch, leaving him to die.”
Often, the church gets serious black eyes because of the ungodly antics of folks like some of those at Westboro Baptist church. Churches that act in that fashion seem to give Christianity huge black eyes and they feed the caricature of Christians, creating a piranha-like feeding orgy of attacks on Christians. They are not acting in love – regardless of their protestations to the contrary.
But in the final analysis, the church is made up of individuals, people like you and me. We are all flawed. The question of the day is: am I acting in love? Am I part of the Niagara Falls of God’s love that He is trying to pour into the world on this day? Do I act like it? Do I speak like it?
PRAYER: Your love is so overwhelming, so vast and powerful! Let us be part of the flow of your love into a world that is so desperate for love! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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