It has been said that we live in a “global melting pot”. All areas of the world are now open to commerce and hence to association with people from other parts of the world. An American can have a friend from Ghana and can visit as many times with ease and speed and vice-versa, which was not possible some centuries back. This global melting pot has also revealed the complexities of the human society with it numerous languages and dialects, lifestyles, cultures and customs, societal classes and race, among many other factors. You would think that with all the wealth of information that scholars and professors have concerning different nations, we would be able to effectively communicate with other people and get along side so well. Yet, what we see today shows that human knowledge can only go so far. So what’s love got to do with it?
In order to effectively live in a country whose language you are unfamiliar with, you would have to learn the basics of the language. Also, typically you are encouraged to learn the language even further by taking part in day to day activity and associating with the “local folks”. As a Christian, the language that we speak on a daily basis is love. When we wake up in the morning, we are to “[put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony]” [Colossians 3:14, AMP]. Love is what secures our faith (Galatians 5:6) and ensures our hope does not disappoint (Romans 5:5). Without love our faith and hope is rendered useless.
So if there is any language that you desire to learn, choose to study Agape Love; the God kind of love. This kind of love knows no geographical, socio-economic, racial, financial, emotional, physical and sexual barriers. It is only this kind of love that can truly permeate the hardest of hearts and make it fleshy instead of stony. This kind of love is not “I” centered but “God” centered and it is:
c) not jealous
d) not boastful
e) not proud
f) not rude
g) does not demand its own way
h) not irritable
i) keeps no record of being wronged
j) does not rejoice about injustice
k) rejoices when the truth wins
l) never gives up
m) never loses faith
n) always hopeful
o) endures through every circumstance
[1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NLT]
This is the kind of love we are to put on everyday and to put into practice regardless of whether the person we are dealing with is “lovable” or “unlovable”. This love covers a multitude of sins [1 Peter 4:8] and does no harm to its neighbor [Romans 13:10]. It is also sacrificial and gives as God gave Jesus for the world [John 3:16]. But this love also corrects and reprimands us when we are going astray because it desires the best for us. It does not leave us to our sins or to self-destruct. After all, “only irresponsible parents leave children to fend for themselves. Would you prefer an irresponsible God? We respect our own parents for training and not spoiling us, so why not embrace God’s training so we can truly live? While we were children, our parents did what seemed best to them. But God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God’s holy best. At the time, discipline isn’t much fun. It always feels like it’s going against the grain. Later, of course, it pays off handsomely, for it’s the well-trained who find themselves mature in their relationship with God” [Hebrews 12:7-11, The MSG]. As Christians, we ought to understand that “For whom the Lord loves He reproves, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights” [Proverbs 3:12, NASB]. So in our dealings with others, as we walk in love we ought to speak the truth to others about their actions as outlined by the Word of God, but we always speak the truth in LOVE [Ephesians 4:15].
This wonderful love does not get it source from human knowledge or ideologies. It is a supernatural kind of love that comes from God who is love. Without God living in you, it would be a battle to love with a God kind of love because it only comes from God. It is the Holy Spirit who sheds God’s love abroad in our hearts to enable us love all kinds of people from all parts of the world who are not like us. So when you think about that relative, that boss, that spouse, that neighbor, that child, that colleague, that stranger, that you are finding difficult to love, ask if the love of God has been shed abroad in your heart. If you are a born again Christian then love is your primary language. Put it to use so you can become versatile in speaking it. The more you speak it, the better you get at it and the easier it becomes at speaking it.
So I asked, “What’s Love got to do with it?”.