Just what does this mean? Is love like putting on a jacket? Is it a feeling or a choice? While reading a novel, I came across the phrase several weeks ago. It stayed under my skin like a song I couldn’t get out of my head. Just what do I need to learn?
In my quick search this weekend, I found only two places in the bible that instructs a follower of Christ to “put on love.”:
“But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” [Colossians 3:14]
The Apostle Paul is clear. Out of all we do, this is the top item, Love. The second reference is:
“But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.” [1 Thessalonians 5:8]
In this passage, putting on love is something we put on our soul. We choose the breastplate and protect ourselves with Faith and Love. I find this very interesting because I hadn’t noticed this tie to Ephesians chapter six. Putting on the armor of God as described in Ephesians six is something I pray daily.
Anyway, back to Colossians. If I pick up love and put it on, I will have to change my perspective of love. My current perspective of love is a feel-good emotion. I loooove my husband, I love chocolate, writing, mountains, cool breezes… you get the idea. What I love loves me back.
But the passage is telling me love is also a choice. Ah! I can choose the love the color blue and writing. I can change those choices any time I want. Easy Peasy! My soul groans. She doesn’t get it. I hear a whisper; go deeper… The question is: What is God asking Christians to do?
That is the question I avoided for weeks. I’m like Jonah, running as fast as I can from Nineveh. My fingers in my ears yelling; I can’t hear you! I sense His Humor when I run. My mind does not let go of the concept. It is intriguing. The question draws me close to His Word. I have to find out. I can choose to love or not?
A lot of things are easy to love, My Princes and Princesses, family, readers, friends, and stuff. Thinking about these things I bop to the music in my soul. It feels good until it hits me, just what God has planned here. The music stops with a screech. In the silence this morning, I could sense an answer.
Slowly my mind grasps the depths of putting on love. I can choose the have hard feelings for the person who mistreats me or I can love them as God does. We make choices (judgments) of people every day based on first or past impressions. I’m not saying your gut is wrong; I’m looking at it with a different perspective. Maybe this person isn’t a good fit for me as a best bud, but God loves them and is still working in their lives. I don’t have to agree with what they do or even like them. I can choose to love them because God loves them.
There is much more in Chapter three. I plan to go deeper. Like the Thessalonians thing and connections to peace and Ephesians. After writing this post, I hunger for the knowledge buried in these passages. At least I’m not running in the opposite direction anymore.
The first step I will take is to put on Love every morning. Put on God’s Love for all people, even those who hurt me. Daily clothe myself in Love for the circumstances I don’t like. And yes, put on God’s Love for the peeps I love. God works His Love in every circumstance and person with or without my help. I need to remember that point. His Love is already there.
I’m stepping back into the adventure journey with new inspiration. By putting on Love, we are a piece of the big picture. Let’s see where He leads next.
Choose Love, my friends,
P.S. Scriptures are from the New King James Version