I still remember the diagram in the little Four Spiritual laws booklet. Fact is the engine. Feelings don’t drive faith; fact and faith drive feelings.
I remembered an old song from – gasp – 1957 this afternoon, and it started me thinking about human “love” and God’s LOVE, and I asked myself this question: What if God only loved me/us when we MADE HIM FEEL happy, or when we DID enough to “please” Him? I once heard, “You just aren’t doing it for me…” Ask yourself if you’ve ever given God reason to say that, and seriously ask yourself how you would react if you heard GOD say that to you! (Then ask yourself why you expect other people to always “make” you feel happy and withold your love when they don’t…..)
If we had to do enough things to “make God feel happy” all the time or “do it for Him” to “earn” His love for us, the Earth would have been a cold pile of lifeless rock a LOOOOONG time ago and God would have truly given us what C. S. Lewis called in his book “The Great Divorce.” If GOD walked out ….. no more physical laws governing the Universe (since He created them), no more life in our bodies (since life itself comes from God) and DEFINITELY no eternal life with God in Heaven through Jesus, who loved YOU, regardless of your performance or how you measured up to His expectatioons, enough to die for you.
Are we not BLESSED that God ”took the same course” I took from hmm … it was either Focus on the Family or Campus Crusade waaaay back in the late ’70’s, called “Love Is A Decision” ? Human love may seem to start in those tingly feelings (based primarily on hormones and brain chemistry), but love that is genuine, love is real and true and that lasts, is a conscious choice give to and do good for and stick by the other person regardless of how you happen to “feel” or if you don’t “feel” on any given day.
“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.’ Jeremiah 31:3 NIV
Joshua 1:5, No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4: 7-14 NIV
All I can say to that is THANK GOD THAT HE LOVES US TRULY TILL THE TWELFTH OF FOREVER because HE CHOOSES TO BE AND TO GIVE EVERLASTING LOVE not based on our merit or how “happy” we “make” Him. I want to choose to love as God loves, and yes, the train can chug along quite well even without the caboose!
And here’s the REAL love song:
Maybe I’m stubborn in this, but as Beth Moore delights to say, “I’m believing GOD!”
Your own “… BUT…” goes here: God, I know I get it wrong and I’m sure sometimes the way I live and the way I treat others doesn’t “make YOU happy.” BUT God, amazingly, impossibly, undeniably, You tell me you love me, and as I come to you through the gift of Jesus Your Son and believe all Jesus did and bought for me on the cross, I choose to believe the FACT that YOU ___________________________________________________ and I take it by faith. And yes, any time you want to attach the caboose of my feelings to the reality of Your LOVE, I rejoice! In Jesus’ name, amen!