really love

Posted: August 19th, 2011 | Filed under: life | Tags: | No Comments »

Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the law. -Romans 2:27 ESV

Scripture refers to the ‘uncircumcised’ as outsiders to religion. I see them as outsiders in the Body of Christ, the ones who don’t fit in at church. A lot of reasons exist for a person to be an outsider, but Christians who are outsiders are usually put there because they realize that their church influences are leading them in a different direction than God is. They may have had a life changing grace abduction, or their faith exceeds their fear and they have a hard time being around the fear crusted religion. Freedom can make a person an outsider.

The ‘law’ that the New Testament is referring to is the law of Love. Love others as you love yourself, 1 Corinthians 13 style. Selfless, no expectations, looking-for-the-best-and-forgetting-the-rest kind of love. This kind of love requires a lot of faith in God’s sovereignty and there is no room for fear. It also requires insane perseverance because the biggest opposition comes from those who, considering their claims, should know better.

The ones’ who should know better are like, what scripture calls, the circumcised. Back in the scripture days it meant something religious. It was an outward mark of an inward decision. They were the teachers, leaders, front row sitters, and organizers.

But just because they look like the package doesn’t mean anything.

Those who are outsiders, don’t look the part, but are better at loving others..really loving others…will condemn those who write the guide, own the fake plants on the stage, and wear the religious name tag, but do not know how to love…really love.

forget about everything else….love wins.


photo credit goes to Federica Pagano.

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