Oh I do love you I do! Well, as long as you…   Leave a comment

I just got done reading Don Miller’s blog on conditional love ( http://www.donmilleris.com). It happened to resonate with me strongly today. Someone close to me is going through some really tough stuff and it would seem that they are going to fail. I think they already did.

I would love to see everyone win when it comes to life and the struggles therein, but alas many of us fail. Most of us at one point or another will.

Life is hard. Love is hard. Love is reeeeally hard when you love with conditions. I do it. It happens to be a constant struggle. I want to throw in the towel and look for another love when I am not getting back what I was hoping for.

The belief in an all powerful God is much the same way. In fact, I would go so far as to say that placing conditions on our love or relationship with God is the hardest part about believing in God.

There has to be something simple that can be grasped and held that will sustain our belief. If there isn’t a truth that we can cling to then we will not be able to hang on when pain tries to pull us away.

God made us. God loves us without condition and proved it by giving part of Himself to a wicked group to be treated unjustly and then to be killed. That was the sacrifice, and to simply acknowledge and honor that sacrifice is what is expected of us. The result is that God gets His way – to be with us. Slog through this miserable life and then we are together.Win Win.

Hang on to that. Bear the burden of grief and toil for X years then all eternity with Him.

The problem is when we add to that.

Eternal life… and comfort. Eternal life… and financial wealth. Eternal life… and freedom from lust, greed, deceit, the desire to be comfortable. Add these to the equation and you fail.

These things are not promised. They are not even hinted at. It is quite simple really- bear the burden now and enjoy freedom from these things later. Forever.

The thing is that I happen to believe in the all powerful God. If He is all powerful then why not remove things things from me? Why must I suffer?

Because that would result in, or reinforce CONDITIONAL love on my part. I will love Him IF…

Walking away and saying that God let me down or simply isn’t there is first of all foolish. And second, it results in us spending all of our savings on a binge.

This life is a binge. It is a brief time of sweat and tears and then it’s over. If you walk away and do what you want, if you indulge in the “freedom” of lack of conscience, then you blow all your savings. At the end of the binge there is nothing.

It is a race. It is a fight. It is a long, narrow road with a heavy weight on our shoulders.

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Posted August 4, 2010 by john b in philosofickle

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