C.S. Lewis—More on God’s Love

This is the Jesus I knew as a Catholic.

This is the Jesus I know now.

From Mere Christianity:

On the whole, God’s love for us is a much safer subject to think about than our love for Him. Nobody can always have devout feelings: and even if we could, feelings are not what God principally cares about. Christian Love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will. If we are trying to do His will we are obeying the commandment, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God.’ He will give us feelings of love if He pleases. We cannot create them for ourselves, and we must not demand them as a right. But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it is quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him.

Over all, I can’t find much fault with Uncle Jack’s take on loving God. He did, however, miss one key concept; to possess some grasp of the depth of Jesus’ sacrifice for us, and the depth of the Father’s love for us in allowing Him to take the world’s sin-guilt upon himself, is to love God more than naturally possible. If God’s demonstration of sacrificial love for you, personally, fails to excite you with overwhelming love for Him, you’re missing one of the two elements I mentioned above.

I know that’s true because I was that cold-fish Christian. Raised in the Catholic church, I was constantly bombarded with the Stations of the Cross, and the gory details of Jesus’ passion and death. But one night God gave me a dream where I met someone who was trapped in one of the many legalistic, “Christian” sects, and I felt a love for that young man that dwarfed even the love I have for my own daughters. It was a love that made me desperate to reach him with God’s eternal truth of priceless grace toward rebellious humanity. I normally can’t remember my dreams long enough to tell about them, but this time I recalled it in vivid detail, including the desperate love I felt, so I knew it was from God. Once I understood God’s message to me, I began weeping from brokenness, gratitude, and yes, love, for the Savior I never truly knew before that time.

If God’s love doesn’t fill you with that completely overwhelming gratitude and love for Him, get to know Him better through lots of time in His Word. If, on the other hand, all this Godly love-stuff isn’t worth your effort, you need to truly turn your life over to Him, rather than continuing to practice pretend-Christianity.


3 thoughts on “C.S. Lewis—More on God’s Love

  1. Great words of Truth Jim, Thank you for your heart beat, we were created to Love 100% we were created in God’s likeness and until we do we will never feel fully fulfilled but we can’t Love like this in our Carnal flesh only in The Spirit, we have to put our flesh to death by choosing to walk in The Spirit as He empowers us to. God can than empowers us to Love as Jesus Loved and it is called Agape Love, sacrificial and given unconditionally. I will leave you a Link Jim about a Story I received by e-mail that shares about this type of Love.

    Agape Love – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/what-true-love-is-all-about/

    When I read Jim what C.S Lewis said about Loving God above, it promoted me to look for Scripture that confirmed how we are to Love Him (see below) and it confirms what you shared, which is with our All….Thank you, yes we are to cleave unto Him. I also found a Prayer for both of us (see below) Today I have been Loving my God passionately and telling Him and I can’t stop thinking about Him and giving Thanks and you can be sure I have much to give thanks for including you Jim and my other Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus.

    Ephesians 3 :16-21 That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in Love, May be able to comprehend with all Saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the Love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.KJV

    Matthew 22:37-38 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great Commandment.(KJV)

    Mark 12:29-31 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the Commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first Commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt Love thy Neighbour as thyself. There is none other Commandment greater than these.(KJV)

    Mark 12:32-34 Love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to Love his Neighbour as himself.(KJV)

    John 14:20-22 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that hath my Commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that Loveth me: and he that Loveth me shall be Loved of my Father, and I will Love him, and will manifest myself to him.(KJV)

    Deuteronomy 6:5-6 And thou shalt Love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:(KJV)

    Deuteronomy 10:12 …..What doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all His ways, and to Love Him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,(KJV)

    Deuteronomy 11:13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my Commandments which I command you this day, to Love the LORD your God, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul,(KJV)

    Deuteronomy 11:22 For if ye shall diligently keep all these Commandments which I command you, to do them, to Love the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, and to cleave unto Him;(KJV)

    Deuteronomy 13:4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear Him, and keep His Commandments, and obey His voice, and ye shall serve Him, and cleave unto Him. (KJV)

    Deuteronomy 30:6-7 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to Love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.(KJV)

    Deuteronomy 30:20 That thou mayest Love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey His voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto Him: for He is thy life, and the length of thy days(KJV)

    Joshua 22:5 Love the LORD your God, and to walk in all His ways, and to keep His Commandments, and to cleave unto Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul.(KJV)

    Christian Love in our Unity in Christ Jesus – Anne

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