Are you an amateur lover?

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One of my favorite bands – Switchfoot – has a great song entitled “Amateur Lovers.”  It’s about the universal human need for love, and that no matter how hard we try to get it or give it – we still come up short.  The chorus says it this way…

We don’t know what we’re doing
We do it again
We’re just amateur lovers
With amateur friends

I believe we need love because God is love (1 John 4:8), and we need God.  The problem with how we go about the whole “love” thing is that we try to milk love out of people, when God is the only adequate source of love for the human heart.

Giving love to others…

When it comes to giving love to others, that’s when I discover that I’m an amateur lover… a wanna-be.  I want to be a “professional” lover, one who knows how to love and does love everyone, but I fall short over and over.

To make it even more convicting: as Christians, love is to be the hallmark of our lives, the identifying characteristic that proves we are indeed followers of our Lord Jesus.

Specifically, we are to love EACH OTHER (translation: other Christians) in a way that shows our unity in Christ.  Look how John says it…

We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. – 1 John 3:14

If love is so important, such an identifying mark, how do we improve, grow, and even excel in becoming great lovers of people, especially those who share our common faith in Christ?

It’s simple, but not easy.  “The fruit of the Spirit is love…” (Galatians 5:22)

What that says to me is that I must learn how to walk in the Spirit of God if I’m going to have any hope of truly loving other people. (Galatians 5:16)

Walking by the Spirit… sounds like a good topic for another blog post…

What have you found helpful in becoming more and more dependent on the Spirit of God to motivate and activate your love for others?

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