I felt the name of this article drop into my heart this past. The first words I heard when I opened my eyes this morning. I thought , “wow!” Then I started my search, what is love? What is language?
Then I was reminded that the perfect model of love is written in John 3:16:
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (NLT)
What a selfless gift of sacrifice and love.
This is the meaning of language: communicating love in what you do in words and in your actions. God gave us His best, His one and only son as a perfect sacrifice to die for us, for our sins whatever and how many they may be. There are no exclusions or exceptions and surely no objections in this scripture. All are welcome!
I have been struggling with the act of forgiveness in my spirit for a while now, and this could possibly be the answer to all my questions. Have you ever been offended by someone or offended someone and it appears that it is harder to forgive them but you expect them to forgive you?
When Job was being afflicted, his so-called religious friends and family came to him with bad advice – bad counsel. They suggested he curse God and die. His friends were religious and judgmental, even in the midst of his pain. It must have been tormenting.
At the end of his suffering and restoration, he had to pray for those that passed judgment on him and who blasphemed His God. God heard Job’s prayer and Job’s fortunes were completely restored. In fact, the Lord gave him twice as much as before (Job 42:1-11).
The language of love
I recognize that we have endured clicks and exclusive groups in our society and, unfortunately, that attitude has crept into Churches and is being practiced by Christians; and this is wrong.
We are supposed to model the mind and attitude of Christ. What is Jesus’ opinion on the matter of exclusion? There are so many scriptures to look at but for this language of love, let’s stick to John 3:16 and carry this model of perfect love around with us wherever we go.
How can we communicate this language of love to our brothers and sisters?
We can pray and ask God for us to see them through His eyes. We can treat others with love as we would want to be treated regardless of their sins, circumstances or presentation. We can love them unconditionally as God loves us. Perhaps this will be the beginning of the process of practicing the language of love and forgiving others as God has forgiven us.