Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Thought

“The Love Dare takes courage.  If you accept the Dare, you must take the view that instead of following your heart, you are choosing to lead it.  The world says to follow your heart but if you are not leading it, then someone or something else is.  The Bible says that “the heart is more deceitful than all else” (Jeremiah 17:9), and it will always pursue that which feels right at the moment.”  Excerpt from “Love Dare”, Kendrick

Knowing the right thing from the wrong thing is not always as easy as it sounds because we have cultural conditioning and natural impulses that work against us.  It is so often said, especially by Christians who do not devote themselves to Scripture study, that whatever “feels” right must surely be a sign from God.  This can often be the “deceitfulness” Jeremiah warns us against.  To “love” in spite of our impulses, however, is the real challenge because it calls us to rise above our impulses and learn the difference with genuine discernment.  Think of how many you know personally who have abandoned hearth and home by “following” their hearts!

To love as Jesus commands we love requires a colossal act of the will.  It is a definitive decision and act of human consciousness to go “against the grain”.  This is precisely the path Jesus leads us on.  It’s not always pretty and it’s not always personally satisfying, but it will always be only one step behind Christ who leads us faithfully … if we will allow Him.


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