Saturday, July 18, 2009

I've been reading John Piper's "Don't waste your life". It is making me think hard about what really matters. Most people would probably say that love is what life is all about...and they would be right. The problem however, is what does love mean? There are countless definitions of love and the only one that matters is the one God means. Piper says it so much better than I...

"For most people, love is to be made much of. Almost everything in our Western culture serves this distortion of love. We are taught in a thousand ways that love means increasing someone's self esteem. Love is helping someone feel good about themselves. Love is giving someone a mirror and helping him see what he is. This is not what the Bible says love is. Love is doing what is best for someone. We are made to see and savor God. To make them feel good about themselves when they are made to feel good about seeing God is like taking someone to the Alps and locking them in a room full of mirrors... God loves us by liberating us from the bondage of self so we can enjoy knowing Him and admiring Him forever."

I so wish that love would be understood this way...especially by Christians. I so wish that I would love this way...especially Christians. Again...the world ignores God.

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