WHAT GOD DOES

Ephesians 5:1-2
© Hilary F. Marckx, all rights reserved

What God Does

What God Does

Pay attention all you judgers out there!
This is Paul writing here.
This is the one you so often mis-quote
and misunderstand.
The text says that what God does is love.
It doesn’t say God
hates, compares, excludes, divides, judges.
I believe that if we pervert the action,
intention, and hope of God’s love,
we pervert, subvert, undermine,
the work of God and, in some real way,
we do this to God as well.
I know too many people
who refuse to believe in God
because of the dynamic where we
Christians do not love
as God expects us to and instead
act mean and hateful and withhold love
in the name of
the one
who is so kind and loving.
No, the text says,
“Mostly what God does is love you.”
And substantiated by what we read that
Jesus said,
we can take this to mean that,
while God loves you,
God is busy loving others, too,
as well as doing a lot of other stuff
to keep the cosmos functioning.
This is all metaphor of course,
but it is metaphor
to which we need to pay attention.
God loves—
learn from God!
We are to be as God.
God loves—
excessively, profusely!
This is not puppy and ducky love that
is cute and adorable and sweet.
This is messy love that includes loving
those committing
the most egregious sins
against us and society—
mass murders, terrorists, child molesters,
the foreigner (documented and undocumented).
WE ARE TO LOVE THEM
IN A WAY THAT INCLUDES THEM,
AS WE HAVE BEEN INCLUDED,
IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD!
Why?
Because God loves us unconditionally.
We are not God, but God loves
and because
God loves
us we are to love as well—
extravagantly!
I do not know how this works,
but I do know that we
are expected
to find a way to figure it out.

THE TIME HAS COME FOR LOVE

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