Today, I’m musing on love. God’s love more specifically. After a disagreement I had with another believer, on a post I shared about homosexuality and fornication, where he argued that God’s love is conditional…and said we are not called to show unconditional love, the musings began. I have written three posts on the matter today already.
The more I ponder on love, the more that I see that it is wisdom in the highest form. God, who is Love, is also Wisdom. It is not simply that God is loving, or God is wise… God is the very definition of Love and the very embodiment of Wisdom. Jesus, who is the revelation of God’s love, is also the Word of God, the fullness of God’s Counsel. He goes by another name, Wisdom. Jesus Christ is the Wisdom of God (1 Cor 1:24).
Most people, when they think of love, think of reckless love. Irrational behaviour, foolish abandon to passion. Love, they say, makes you do crazy things…foolish things. When they mean to speak of lust or infatuation, they call it love, and justify their wicked deeds, because everybody knows love is the perfect justification for irrational, selfish behaviour! “I can’t help it, I’m in love”. Well, love has self-control!
The campaign in support of homosexuality and same-sex marriages is built on this ridiculous definition of love, that is apart from wisdom. They say “what is wrong with two people who love each other expressing their love”? If it is a ‘love’ that is contrary to wisdom, and not submitted to God, it is not love! Illicit love that does not submit to the wisdom of God is not love, it is a counterfeit. It cannot satisfy and it cannot bear good fruit.
If a man comes to a married lady seeking to woo her from her husband’s arms, he’s wicked! He doesn’t know love! He is selfish and carnal and has nothing to offer that woman but pain and suffering! His love lacks wisdom. It is purely emotional, sensual gratification, and the woman would be foolish to be deceived by a man who solicits her affections, when she is already bound in marriage. The same applies with a woman seducing a married man!
Love and Wisdom are two sides of the same coin. They are never contrary. What is wise is loving, and what is loving is wise! Homosexuality is foolishness. It despises the counsel of God. The Wisdom of God created them male and female for good reason. The spirit behind homosexuality is not love in any shape or form.
“Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves” (Matt 10:16).
When dealing with unbelievers, we have to remember that as we are called to love them, we are also charged to exercise wisdom. Wisdom does not concede to foolishness in the name of ‘love’. Wisdom doesn’t sell the truth for a lie, because it knows that is a foolish trade off. Wisdom is principled, governed by God’s perfect law of Love.
Sometimes we get tricked by their tactics, and trade their definitions of love and wisdom for what we know to be the truth. That’s what we do when we say that God’s love is not unconditional as we strive to understand His judgments. God is always loving, and if He chooses to act in wisdom and condemn unrighteous behaviour, it doesn’t take one iota from His love. Likewise, we shouldn’t shrink from speaking against evil, and calling it out, because that is what Wisdom would do…it is the most loving thing to do!
Do not fall for the lie that you can be more loving by being less wise…
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” (Prov 4:7).
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