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Friday, January 8, 2010

Whatever Cost To Us

“Do not sit trying to manufacture feelings. Ask yourself, 'If I were sure that I loved God, what would I do?'
When you have found the answer, go and do it.

On the whole, God's love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him. Nobody can always have devout feelings: and even if we could, feelings are not what God principally cares about. Christian Love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will. If we are trying to do His will we are obeying the commandment,'Thou shalt love the Lord they God.' He will give us feelings of love if He pleases. We cannot create them for ourselves, and we must not demand them as a right. But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to him."
(132+133 Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis)

If I am sure that I love God, what will I do? What does that look like in my classes, in my friendships, in how I listen to my parents?
In light of how God loves me, what should I do? Am I willing to be cured of my sins no matter what it costs me? What does it look like to rely on truth instead of feelings and lasting wisdom and determination instead of temporal emotions?

I don't know completely. But I have an idea. Today it means deciding not to peirce my ear because my dad asked me not to. It means not complaining at work and being a positive face to those people coming to campus. It means listening to worship music and focusing on the Lord even though I really don't feel like it. It means reading the Bible instead of watching TV shows online at work.
It means making the decision to do life with God.

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