We all profess to do God’s will and obey His Commandments at some time in our lives. We grow, prosper and go about life with good intent. But do we REALLY love God and follow through on all of the aforementioned? It’s acknowledged that generic consideration for mankind is exemplified by how we dispense kindness and service to each other in the name of love. That question will always be asked relative to how can we love without showing the rancor and ill-will, and of countenances gone awry can cause more problems than we’re willing to admit. Throughout the African American Diaspora we certainly can do a better job of loving, living and locating the will to show compassion for all things that affect our well-being in the sight of the Lord. I often have compelled myself to believe that it was during slavery and well after it that somewhere associated with that atrocious time period that we had ingrained in us that we should be against each other in lieu of a unified force that is missing today. Boy was I wrong! Premeditated murder in the first degree with lack of love goes back to biblical days. This essay seeks to unlock and give more attention to why living by the law of love is not just a wisp of imagery without a blueprint, but a must in showing that God’s guidance and expectations for our lives centers on obedience and specific directives to be followed.
How best CAN we love one another? Are we then, truly our brother’s keeper? Both of these questions can be answered with due diligence, with the latter befitting from a resounding YES! We ARE our brother’s keeper in more ways than one. The saga of Cain and Abel best illuminates the lack of love and disobedience early enough in our existence for us to have studied and understand the ramification of not doing what we should have done for redemption. Cain failed miserably. He was rejected by God and it made him furious. How often in life when we are rejected for whatever reason resort to violence, be it for lack of love or lack of logic? I will refer back to this ‘Cain spirit’ a bit. Why did Cain murder Abel, and what does it have to do with living by the law of love? He did it because he was jealous, had an evil heart and the wrong attitude. Abel’s goodness and good instinct to obey God exposed Cain’s wickedness. Moreover, he resented Abel’s benevolence and waited for the opportunity to slay his brother. Cain’s reaction can be looked at as a barometer measuring his attitude…probably wrong from the start. The choice was his to correct — first by changing his attitude about the sacrifice that God commanded, or he could channel his anger elsewhere. Unfortunately he chose the wrong one, and is a clear reminder of how often we err in the face of righteousness, and do things counter to thus sayeth the Lord. We’re aware of the opposite choices but intentionally choose more often than not the things that cause ruination.
The real law of love is all about Agape mentality and has no room for good intent, especially without the right motivation to sacrifice right in lieu of wrong. Agape love in my opinion is true love at its core and the Christian’s DNA, a process proving that you belong to God. It’s about the feelings motivating our behavior with the love of God firmly in place without compromise and with a lot of compassion. The Bible and God’s directives are filled with general guidelines and expectations for us to live the law of love by obedience and actually asking for His help to do what is right. Making the right decision, and following through on proper protocol will undoubtedly give us what is needed to set in motion sacrifices to live by the law of love!
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