A friend of mine, Abby Pound, has recently started to paint. The pictures she paints are simple yet powerful. I bought a simple painting from her that had three words on it, “Go Be Love”. I look at these words and I could easily glance over them. But if we take a deeper look, we will find a beautiful challenge.
LOVE:First what does love mean? Is it the absence of fear? Is it the absence of hate? Many times in scripture Jesus challenges us to love. But why should we “Go Be Love”? Before I discuss what it means to be love, lets talk about the source of love. Where does love come from? It comes from God the creator. I certainly understand that many scholars do not believe in God and thus challenge this notion, but this is not the argument I want to fight today.
I believe with all my heart that God is love, thus He is the creator of love. There is a scholar I follow named Stephen Mott who beautifully describes the relationship between God and love. He states: “Both grace and love are expressed in action that go far beyond the call of duty, but love ties the lover to the beloved with a greater bond of affection.” “God does not exist to make love real, but love is real because God exists. God can come to us as love only because He comes to us as God…”
What would you do if you lived in a country where children are taken from their family, husbands are murdered and the wives raped? What would you do if you lived in a region where up to 9 out of 10 women were raped as they try to gather firewood for their family? I want to spend this article writing on the beauty and ugliness of Congo and its people. But the point of the article is not to discuss the atrocities of the country; rather the point of this blog is to address the power of God’s people when united together.
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Colby May is a father of two wonderful boys and husband of 13 years (Amanda May). Colby is founder and president of LIT & Northernpath.com, Championing Godly Pursuit & Justice. He recently spent two years in Boston completing is MA in Ethics & Society (Biblical Justice) from Gordon Conwell Seminary.