This past weekend was a blessing. Last night my sisters and I hosted a bible study and it was a great night. Among the many topics discussed the theme was love and mastering perfect love. Sure perfection is an outstretched reality but what really helps bring perfection in our love is intention.
We looked at reasons why people are leaving the Church and one of the more prominent ones we have found is the lack of love. The Apostle Paul says something remarkable in Galatians 6:2: “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” the “Law of Christ” alludes to Jesus’ statements recorded in John 13:34: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Christ’s love is what must govern our thoughts and actions if we are to be an effective body of believers in the midst of this hostile world (John 15:18-19; 17:18; 1 John 5:19).
Have we forgotten how to be “members of one another” (Eph. 4:25)? The church is not just within the four walls but we are the church. The love we must show needs to go beyond a simple smile or wave but being intentional in our love with following up on our neighbours. Let us go out of our ways to introduce ourselves to a new member or revisit an old friend. It blew my mind last night at the bible study when one individual came and shared with us that she ran into our neighbour who by the way is very distance and withdrawn and asked if she wanted to talk and needed prayer. Talk about being intentional. She went out of her way in ways I wasn’t able to do while living next to this individual for several years.
God after all is an intentional being. You can see it in Genesis 1, where the God of creation moved across the face of the waters of a confused planet and with great intent restored it to a state of beauty. Or, you can look at John 1, where God intentionally came to earth and lived in the flesh in order to be the Savior of the human race.
We must also be intentional beings. As Christian, love must govern our actions and the Gospel must govern our purpose. “The church” being us needs to cultivate support for struggling members so it can be an effective conduit for the Gospel. We need to be intentional and attentive to the brothers and sisters around us in new and more meaningful ways 🙂
This week’s song is “Intentional” by Travis Greene as it speaks on God’s intentional love and how we must follow.
All things are working for my good
Cos He’s Intentional
I know that all things are working for my good