Love…not Understand

Posted: June 10, 2011 in Uncategorized

In Matthew 22, Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was in the law.  His answer was simply, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”   Jesus, in his divine wisdom, sums up all of the 600+ laws and ten commandments into this simple phrase.  I think it is interesting what he does not say…Jesus does not say, “Understand the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  I believe oftentimes we try to take out the word “love” and insert “understand” into this statement in our lives.  That is not the intent of Jesus’ words here in Matthew.  We simply need to love!  “…Love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)  Now abides faith hope and love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor 13:13).

I don’t understand why or how many things happen….a death of a child, a tornado that destroys homes and lives, that crisis that comes up by surprise, why Christians argue and debate over theological paradigms….this list could go on and on….I do know that these things draw us closer to God, grow and mature us in Him and challenge us to simply trust Him.  Thankfully, Jesus did not command us to understand everything, but to simply love Him and trust Him.  There are just some things on this earth that are not within our realm of understanding…remember the Bible says in Isaiah that God’s ways are not our ways and that His thoughts are not our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8).

Don’t hear me wrong…We should always be hungry to study the whole counsel of God’s Word and we should be motivated to be active students of God’s Word so that we can grow and mature in the knowledge of it.  But we must have balance!  To spend hours and hours locked up in a library studying the grammatical syntax of the Greek New Testament or trying to discern the many points of (fill-the-blank)ism and overlooking  the fact that your neighbor is lost and on on their way to a sinners hell is not the idea Jesus had in mind.  I pray for balance in this as I am back in seminary, taking more classes, as well as being a good husband, raising a teenager and three 6 year-olds, serving as a full-time pastor, mowing a yard, running and cycling….you get the idea!  I need to be reminded that the greatest commandment is to love…not understand!

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