Wednesday, 9 July 2008

God Is Love

“God’s presence is best experienced in the sacred space that exists between people when love is offered and received rather than in special buildings and pious places” – Bruxy Cavey, End of Religion, p 137.

God is Love.
God IS Love.
God is LOVE.

You can say a million times and still not get it. We can verbally say that God is everywhere that Love is, and maybe some of us can actually imagine it, but for me it’s really hard to grasp.

What if we just took away the whole image of God as this omnipotent “being” sitting up in the sky dictating?
What if we were to say Love dictated this world?
What if Love was what really made decisions in this place?
What if we could actually SEE that the more Love that is put into this world, the more God is in this world, and therefore the more ‘goodness’ is in the world?
Can we see the three things move together?

For me that just creates a whole knew look around my faith. The idea that Jesus is a human representation of what PURE LOVE looks like. A man, who in everyway, every shape, and every form showed, gave and received Love.

Wouldn’t that make MORE sense in some cases?

Like how Jesus is said to live forever in all of us. To believe that every single one of us has a small part of this man inside of us sounds a little like fiction.
But to believe that each and every one of us is completely capable of receiving and offering Love sounds way more believable (yet, still difficult for some to fully comprehend).

So when we were created in God’s image, we were created in an image of Love?
Does that make sense?
Maybe that’s why every one seems to crave it… seek it… revolve around it.
We’re all trying our own ways to be loved (fame, power, sex, money, whatever it is.)
I think there are quite a few people in this world that realized that what they were really after in this world wasn’t any of that stuff. They just want Love. Or as we Christians always put it – if we fill our lives with God, we shall be fulfilled.
Maybe that’s the same as saying if we fill our lives with Love, we shall be fulfilled.

So how do we fill our lives with Love?

I guess we’d have to define Love in order to know how to fill ourselves with it.
We all know how Love feels, but can we all agree that LOVE IS NOT AN EMOTION? Love itself is not a feeling, but love can make you feel a certain way. I guess you could say that when you are “in Love” with a person, that IS a feeling, but it’s not the same as the actual word Love.

Can most of us agree that “Loving” someone and being “in Love” with someone are two different things?

I’m sure lots of people have an argument against my definition of Love, but a really smart man told me this once and I’ve never heard it put better.

Love is Honor.

If you can really, truly honor and respect another person that is showing them Love. Putting their needs above and beyond your own.
Making sacrifices so that the person you Love can be honored and respected.

Now to fill your life with Love, you REALLY have to love everyone. Now I just don’t mean the people you like. That is, for the most part, easy.
I’m talking about being self-sacrificing and respectful to those people you don’t like.

I’m sure by now most of you have this image of turning into a doormat in midst of trying to put a little love into this world. I guess that’s when common sense is supposed to kick in and you realize that saying “yes” to everyone isn’t the same thing as honoring and respecting those around you. Just because some body WANTS something, doesn’t mean it’s the right (or Loving) thing for them. And taking care of yourself doest NOT mean you aren’t being loving to others. In most cases, taking care of yourself is one way of showing honor and respect for others.

I guess that’s my way of saying – In the end, Love rules all. It doesn’t matter how bad you fuck up. If you can make the most loving decision possible (big or small) than you will be fulfilled.

Now it’s just a matter of understanding what the loving decision is, which again, isn’t always easy.

So now we have this God inside all of us, moving between us, being offered and received, being shared, being stored, being horded, being stolen, being given, being drained, being shattered, being built, being upheld, being bombarded…. BEING.

How much more do you treasure Love knowing that it IS God?
How much more important is that word when you say “ I Love you”, knowing you just promised to completely honor and respect that person to Godly standards with three little words.?

And at the same time, how much closer does it bring God to us, knowing that every time you are shown Love, or show Love, it’s God, right there, surviving in the midst of it all between us?
It takes a lot of risk. A lot of faith. To just step up and make the Loving decision when it looks as though you will gain nothing in the end. But you will. Because that’s how heaven works. You give a little, and gain a lot, even if you don’t see it right away.

Hope this note doesn’t come across sounding sacrilegious in anyway. Just sharing my thoughts. Feel free to share yours.