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The Books of Love

Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written. –John 21:25 (NLT)

I’ve always loved this verse. Part of it is because it reminds me that God is so much greater than anything you can see, imagine, or comprehend. He is infinite in every sense and even His deeds cannot be counted or systematically categorized.

Then I was reading the book, This is Awkward by Sammy Rhodes, yesterday where he brings out this point.

[John] said that knowing Him was like being able to see, to touch, to hear love in the flesh, that if he had written down all the unbelievably loving things Jesus did, there wouldn’t be enough libraries in the world to hold all the books he could have written. Why? Because Jesus was so perfectly and purely full of love that every waking moment of His life, love flowed from Him into the lives of others in ways that left them different from how they were before.

People received from Jesus, but it wasn’t simply miracles He was offering. Blind eyes were opened. Deaf hears could hear again. Tormented people were set free. Sins were forgiven.

All these things were an expression of Himself, a confronting of injustice with pure love. Some were happy with what they got and moved on with life. Others understood that everything Jesus was doing were acts of love and shifted their lives and world accordingly.

He didn’t do the things He did so that books could be written. He was a living demonstration of the Father’s love. Imagine what our lives would look like if we stopped chasing ideas of success and chose to live true love!

You can do great things that the world or the Church applauds, but without love guiding and moving you, it meaningless in eternity. Sounds harsh, but Paul told us as much (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).

Jesus changed lives not only because of supernatural acts and miracles, but because He loved on purpose and didn’t worry about a detailed outcome. I’m certainly guilty of giving or serving out of a sense of duty or even because it makes me feel good. That’s not bad, but it’s not the standard of love either.

Today is my 19th wedding anniversary and I wish I could say I got out of bed every day and sought to love my wife and family in tangible ways but you and I both know that’s not true. If I’m so inconsistent in my closest relationships, what about everyone else?

I want to be more aware of love–in work, at home, at the grocery store, anywhere.

If Jesus is truly living in me (Galatians 2:20) then people ought to feel a lot more love/loved and I will get to end my years knowing volumes and volumes of books couldn’t contain how God used simple things to change lives.

How about you? Does this strike a chord with you as well? Do you need as many reminders about love as I do?

6 Comments

  1. Yes, yes, yes, I need as many reminders about love. Some night I fall asleep thinking, now tomorrow I am going to …..blank, blank, blank is exactly how I wake up. My day starts with thoughts of myself and not others. My weak frail flesh takes over and soon I am walking through my day thinking only of Betty and how everything around me affects me. I want to be one of those who call someone every day to encourage, sends card often, hug my husband for no other reason then I love to hug him. Self absorption gets in the way every time. Thank God for His new mercies everyday because I use my daily amount up everyday. Thank God there are a few times I walk enough in the Spirit that I do love like Him, I only wish it were every minute. I long for heaven because no battle with the flesh, no self, only Jesus and pure love. Knowing I am not condemned by Him helps me not live in the self condemnation. I can walk in freedom even in my failures knowing He is still working on me, to make me what I ought to be….good post brother, good post.

    • Oh Betty, I know all too well! I think this is why the enemy tries so hard to keep us preoccupied with ourselves, either our own needs and comfort or trying to “fix” ourselves instead of relying on grace. The more we look past all that and reach out in His love and compassion, the more our lives are conformed to the image of Jesus. The answer is never inside ourselves, but in Him. Thanks so much for your honesty, Betty.

  2. Yes, Jason, this absolutely strikes a chord in me today. Jesus’ love is infinite and beyond comprehension, yet while on earth, He gave us the model to imitate each and every day. May we pray to be able to love others, often and sincerely, because Jesus loves us.
    Happy Anniversary! May God bless you with many more!

    • Amen! And thank you so much. We’ve had a wild ride and lots of adventures--many more to come!

  3. Yeah, I need constant reminders too. Our only shot at loving is being close to our Father.

    Happy Anniversary! And thanks for your honest and humble words.

    • Exactly. His love doesn’t demand or even expect something in return--He just loves and invites us to know more. Thanks so much, Floyd. Appreciate it!

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