One of the many memorable lines from the movie Forrest Gump is when Forrest says, “I may not be a very smart man, but I know what love is.” I think he’s right on this one. Being smart isn’t a prerequisite for loving others.
The root cause of our problems stem from the fact that we are immature and simply do not love one another. The truth is we haven’t the ability to love. In 1 John 5 we discover “God is love.” If we love one another, God abides in us, and his love is perfected in us.” God is the only true lover there is and it isn’t until he takes up residence within us that we can begin to love others. It is really he loving others through us or as us.
During the jail Bible study we found ourselves talking about love. I shared with the guys what I thought God was like long before he created us or the rest of creation. God is described throughout the Bible as what most call a Trinity. He is Father, Son and Spirit. Check this out. They each are always pointing to the other as the best. They so love one another that they are always putting the other first.
In Luke 9:35 The Fathers voice is heard coming out of a cloud, saying, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” The Father is pointing others to the Son. In John 14:10 Jesus says, “The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own initiative, but the Father abiding in me does His works.” Jesus says Oh no, it isn’t my words, and it is really the Father doing it all. Later Jesus tells his disciples he is going to go away. He tells them “it is better for you that I go away.” He tells them he is going to send them another comforter like himself. He says, “He will abide with you and will be in you.” Jesus promises that this comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, will not speak on his own initiative either but he will only speak what he hears. He is going to take what is of Jesus’ and disclose it to you. So the Father is pointing to the Son, the Son is pointing to the Father and the Holy Spirit is pointing to the Son. Not one of the three is talking up themselves. Love always puts others first.
In the second chapter of Philippians we read about the mind of Christ. We are instructed to let this same mind be in us which is in Christ Jesus. We are told to “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” This is precisely what love is and exactly what we are called to.
The Apostle Paul showed us this in that ultimate love chapter 1st Corinthians 13. He pushes the Corinthians on toward maturity by telling them their gifts of speaking in tongues, prophecy, knowledge, faith and giving mean nothing without love. Love is the ultimate gift because it is the gift of God. Love is what kept Forrest Gump from giving up on Jenny. Love is what finally won Jenny over. You could tell Jenny didn’t have a clue what love was or understand why Forrest continued to love her. Forrest loved her and love never gives up and never fails. It will never fail us either. It doesn’t depend on how we are treated by others it is all because God first loved us, and we can now love others with that same love.
Written by Louie