If We Love Each Other…

I read something this morning that nearly brought me to tears–a comment written in response to a blog post about God’s love for us. The post, written nearly two years ago, had few comments, but one comment in particular caught my attention. It was written by a man who for several years dealt with a series of really bad circumstances and came to the conclusion–after a lifetime of belief–that God does not love him. The saddest thing, however, is that the comment sat beneath the blog post with no response for a full year before another “random person” stumbled upon the post and read the comment.

A full year.

Even after the “random person’s” response, neither the author of the post nor the Christian organization that hosts the site responded. In nearly two years.

If it hurt me, imagine how much it affected the man who so bravely and desperately cried out. He needed an answer. He needed a virtual hug and assurance of God’s intimate concern and love for him.

He got crickets.

The thing that keeps me sane and walking upright in this world is knowing that God absolutely loves me, but I first experienced God’s love through others.

It is God’s love for and in us that allows us to love sincerely and deeply; it is His love that permeates our being and generates love action. It’s nearly impossible to experience or “possess” Divine Love and not be transformed.

Loving God and understanding His love for humanity results in reaching out to hurting people, living out His presence in our lives, and showing the world who He is–through acts of love.

Without human manifestation of God’s love, His love is simply theory.

10 thoughts on “If We Love Each Other…

  1. franhunne4u says:

    Those were the same Christians who think it is their god-given right to own guns? Enough said … Not everybody who calls himself a Christian acts like one. Those kind of Christians are not the ones to tell me what it takes to be a good Christian. They are the same who get offended if I use the “F-bomb” (which I hardly ever do) or say “Christ!” as an exclamation – but they do not have an ounce of compassion for another Christian – nothing of “thou shallst love your next like yourself”. Instead they are just full of self-righteousness.

    I know that the majority of Christans ain’t so. But what impression do I get of the Bible-Belt – when they, the oh so ultimately pious, are the ones to vote a certain President in who does not even know how to spell “empathy” – let alone what it means. And acts accordingly. I am glad there are people like you, Chandra. Restores my faith in humanity.

    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Thank you for your honesty. I realize we’re all flawed and need help, but as you point out, the very least we can do is treat “our neighbors” as we would like to be treated. Thank you for your comment and your compliment. It’s only by the grace of God…

      • Chandra Lynn says:

        Let me clarify. I am aware of my woeful state, my failures, my faults. It’s acquaintance with His grace that humbles me and helps me to appreciate the struggles and pain of others and to try my best to operate with compassion…

  2. Gale says:

    I read the book “The Shack” and afterward watch the movie in theatre and I change my perspective on many thing including God. I know he is there and will ever be. I am sad that no one answered that man and furthermore it scares me to think that he is alone and doesn’t have God to seek support from.

    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Yes…the scary part…that he is alone and navigating this crazy world without God. I haven’t read the Shack yet, but I just met the writer a few weeks ago. He came to talk to a general assembly of our students and then met with the English majors. Very warm and personable. Gave me a hug instead of the expected handshake–not in creepy way…LOL.

  3. godtisx says:

    Chandra,

    Simply yes. My father recently passed away, and I will tell you, what is saving me from utter depression are my FRIENDS, and the ones whose hearts are clear and strong.

    I feel so hurt about his death. So hurt, but like a lightening bolt striking my life, everyday in the form of caring? I am made aware how by my side the Lord is.

    Through real tangible and timely support.

    My parents were my friends by the time they died. Parents and best friends, so I am falling apart, but I also see God steadily picking me up. Even re-fashioning what’s here as I rise.

    And the hands doing the dirty work, are that of friends.’

    There is no theory about it, and I thank-you for your post. Much love, forever.

    • Chandra Lynn says:

      Oh, I’m so sorry, sorry, sorry that you lost your parents and best friends. I’m sending you many, many hugs across the cyberspace. I’m happy your friends are there, picking you up both figuratively and literally. Please, please, use the contact form on my “A Little About Me…” page and send me your physical address. I’d love to send you some cheer mail. And yes…no theory about it.

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