I have heard these two words used constantly like never before and these words have been plaguing my mind constantly of late. I have to correct the abuse of these words – ‘Love’ replaced with ‘Like’.
We often use the phrase “I like you” and “I love you” but never fully realise its implication and these implications have more of an effect on the way we relate with people.
Beloved, we are commanded to love but liking is your choice.
You cannot choose to love! You must love. It is not your preference or on your terms, neither is it conditional. It is a command!
Likeness is a matter of preference.
I am writing this message to you my reader, in order for you to look into your life. See the way you have understood the scripture through your vocabulary and the fruit it has produced in your life so far.
“And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment” 1 John 3:23.
We live at a time when men are not kind to being given orders! We are living in a generation that reminds us of the book of Judges 21 verse 25 “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” What a sad picture. The era of confusion, era of pride and ego, era of great disorder and anarchy until the generation of Ruth came that chose to follow, regardless of the price to pay. No wonder she produced the lineage of the Messiah.
Christ never manifested in disorderliness but first created order and then manifested His purpose.
Especially for most of us in the Western Church, we must understand that the greatest enemy to the move of God in our lives and society is our independent attitude.
If I do not like you, I will not bother to give even a second of my time to listen to what you have to say, even if it is from God for me.
If you are not from my church background, I do not like the way you run your services. It has to be what I like for me to accept it!
The devil is a Liar!
Our Western culture is a culture that is ridged in independence and we have lost respect for order. So, to hear the word “command” is seen as control and we are not for that.
Ladies and gentlemen, whether you know it or not, whether you like it or not, you are being ordered every day – wilfully or unwilfully.
Please at this point I will even remind you again that God is not a politician, He is God whose word is a command. He speaks in military language, He speaks as the Father with firmness and love in His voice and He speaks with authority because He is the Authority both in Heaven and on Earth.
Love has a language in firmness, calmness, command, gentleness, discipline, faith, grace, correction and rebuke.
You cannot say you love and not rebuke, you cannot say you love and not be firm on decisions that will affect others around you for Christ’s sake.
The reason why we like a person is because they do things that we like, that we approve of, what about when they disapprove our counsel? We do not like them again. Love says, whether you heed my counsel or not, I am here for you.
If you miss my counsel, you will realise it and I will be waiting for you like the Prodigal son’s father waited for his son to return.
Beloved, let us not chose to like above love!