December 7, 2010 § Leave a comment
There is a beautiful Taize song with the lyrics, “where there is love, there is the Lord.” If you read Romans 15:14-21, you can add to that, “where there is love, there things change.” Because the love of God always transforms. The kind of transformation that Romans 15 refers to is twofold: first, it equips for what is necessary to be God’s people; second, it sends away from the self to the other. When we overflow with the hope that we have received in God’s love in Jesus Christ (15:13), we are full of goodness and are made competent to embody God’s love among other people (15:14). However, the rest of the passage makes it abundantly clear that love is always equipping for the sake of the other. Love’s equipment is for the sake of what Christ wants to accomplish through me in the lives of others (15:16-18). In Paul’s letter to the Romans the aim of God’s love in and among the Christians was to bring the Gentiles in a loving relationship with God. What is the aim of God’s love through you today, and what needs to change for God’s love to be accomplished through you today?