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The Trigonometry of True Love

March 29

  “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments."  2 John 6


"... may I suggest we re-title our difference as a 'Loveship' controversy?"






These words, penned of John, could not be more definitive.  From the time of the first fruit trees, love and loyalty have been an inseparable theme in Scripture.  Moses reminded those bound for the Promised Land:  "And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy GOD require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy GOD, to walk in all HIS ways, and to love HIM, ..."  The prophet Amos asks this very thoughtful question: "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"  Micah proclaims that the heart is inextricably linked to the feet, and our walk simply betrays the GOD (god) we love: "For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our GOD for ever and ever."

The New Testament provides no loopholes for love either.  These words of CHRIST are intended to be convicting, but are they not also revealing? 

  • "If ye love ME, keep MY commandments."

  • "He that hath MY commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth ME:"

  • "Ye are MY friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you."

  • "And why call ye ME, LORD, LORD, and do not the things which I say?"

I must admit my dismay as to why a Lordship controversy even exists in the church.  "Now before the feast of the passover, when JESUS knew that HIS hour was come that HE should depart out of this world unto the FATHER, having loved HIS own which were in the world, HE loved them unto the end."  Had HE not been LORD, HIS love would have failed long before the cross (cf. Romans 5:6-10).  In the name of accuracy, may I suggest we re-title our difference as a 'Loveship' controversy?  John, in his first letter, triangulates love and obedience with salvation: "And hereby we do know that we know HIM, if we keep HIS commandments.  He that saith, I know HIM, and keepeth not HIS commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoso keepeth HIS Word, in him verily is the love of GOD perfected: hereby know we that we are in HIM."  Paul is even more forceful when he declares: "If any man love not the LORD JESUS CHRIST, let him be Anathema (accursed)..."

Admittedly, we could never conjure up this love on our own, for truly: "We love HIM, because HE first loved us."  And though the sincere child of GOD will love HIM, it is equally true that we oft fail to love HIM as HE demands and deserves.

"But if we walk in the light, as HE is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of JESUS CHRIST HIS SON, cleanseth us from all sin."

For Love of Country
Horace Greeley (1811-1872)
(journalist, editor)
"It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible-reading people.  The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom."

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