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18 November 2010

Love/Pray Revolution

12:08 PM Posted by steve flores , , No comments
[Matthew 5:43-44] Here are the couple of verses that have pierced me. It’s these couple of verses that have convicted, since January of this year, while reading Matthew, than any other. It’s these verses I couldn’t wait to blog about, because they have impacted me deeply and did what Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” I’ve found my heart and spirit wide-open, bare, to God and it was disgusting what had grown and attached itself to me over the years. I was embarrassed, ashamed, and completely humbled. I learned an ideology that had drifted away from what Jesus taught and adapted it to “my” Christianity, not Jesus’ words. What I’ve come to realize, is that I’m not the only one who has adapted. Somehow, someway, I believe we (some followers of Jesus) have lost our way. You don’t have to go far to see it really. It is broadcast on TV, plastered in Facebook groups, spoken in christian circles, and trumpeted, yet it’s not what needs to be seen. It’s opposite of what Jesus said, yet we believe it to be so. What is it? What has convicted me? Love or lack thereof.

Many Jesus followers, like myself, have said, “Jesus loves you,” but what is understood is this, “Jesus loves you…but I’m not sure I do.” At least that is what is felt and exemplified through action. “Jesus loves you,” has become a monotone sound in which the intended audience has chosen to ignore, like what some do to the Salvation Army bell-ringer, the homeless man holding the sign on the corner, or stalled car in our way at the stoplight. “I hear you. I see you, But, I don’t trust you.” So, we choose to ignore. And most people, who when they think of Christians, ignore the message of love, because it’s not felt through action.

Here’s the verses:
"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”

I feel we first need to discover what enemy means. Here’s what defined it as:
1. a person who feels hatred for, fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another; an adversary or opponent.
2. an armed foe; an opposing military force
3. a hostile nation or state; a citizen of such a state.
4. enemies, persons, nations, etc., that are hostile to one another
5. something harmful or prejudicial
6. the Enemy, the Devil; Satan.

Here is my question. Think about it, seriously. If we (followers of Jesus) use heated, visceral, demoralizing words to make our point about the precepts, concepts, and God-honoring lifestyle, who becomes the enemy?

More to come…still processing. My hope is that you have some Hebrews 4:12 experiences too, but for now here’s a great video from an incredible artist, named Israel Houghton. This is a live version of the song Love Revolution, he adds more of his personality to it, but the truth is powerful.