hard sayings

We here a lot about the hard sayings of Scripture; how on earth do we deal with the painful presence of concepts such as election and predestination the Paul brings up in quite a few places?
What about the queer nuances to which the Hebrews were bound, some of which make little apparent sense, and some of which might offend people at face value?
What about the fact the Bible states that the Gospel will conquer the nations, yet our continual injunctions to eagerly await Christ’s imminent return?
These are doubtless hard issues, but they rarely penetrate past our stiff intellects.
But…

If you love Me you will keep my commandments–John 14:15

What are these words that roll so easily off the back of those who know not Christ, yet seem to pierce us like inescapable arrows? How high, how deep, how wide is this simplistic saying, which grabs us by the soft stuff of the heart to which we foolishly cling, and throws us to the earth from whence we came screaming with all our might, “Oh my God what have I done? Abba, Father, for all my getting, for all the gain that the world has been to me, have I not loved Christ?”
To those who have never met the Forgiver, perhaps this hard saying seems easy to wave off, for we know He forgives. Those who don’t know the Redeemer, He does still redeem us.
But, to those who HAVE been forgiven, the lackluster love we have tossing in the general direction of the Altar we call the simplicity of Devotion to Christ seems to be sheer treachery. How much we could sell if we could but have loved Him more in the time given us?
Are all our books, and sermons, and CDs, and conversations, and even quiet times, cultivating love within that matters when we live day by day, or do they throw truths against hearts hardened by things of the world more loved?
The pain lies not in Christ saying,
If you want to be saved, keep my sayings…
If you want to be a good person…
If you want to see the world made better…
If you want prosperity…
No, if we know well who HE is, these seem light things in comparison with the reality that obedience flows from LOVE.
Hebrews, Colossians, Ephesians, Romans, John’s Gospel, the blessed Revelation, the impassioned language of the Song of Solomon, these breed love to Christ.

Do we love the One who first loved us…or are we cutting corners?
Love is a choice, but true love is awakened in light of Objective Reality. Only one life, shall soon be past, only what’s done for Christ shall last.

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