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Learning How To Love

I am a big fan of the artist Noah Gundersen. I have sat and listened to his album over and over – captivated and challenged by the lyrics of his songs. Likely none more so than the song ‘Ledges’ with the particular focus being, “I want to learn how to love, not just the feeling”. There is something to what he says here.

Often in church we talk about the Greatest Commandment and how it defines what love is and how we ought to respond. Loving God with our core (everything in us) is only accomplished when we love others before ourselves.

In fact, 1 John 4:19 (NIV)) reads, “We love because He first loved us”.

The interesting thing about Gundersen’s song “Ledges” is that we should move past the simple feeling of love and instead, learn how to love to our fullest – moving to the stage of being fully focused on unconditionally loving others.

Here is a quote from C.S. Lewis that I know really speaks to the issue at heart. “Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone you will presently come to love him”.

Meshing the Word with both Lewis and the lyrics from Noah Gundersen’s song should be an inspiration to us all to move from the hypothetical to the practical, which is love as action.

Can you imagine if an entire generation grabbed this and lived it out? And how do you, personally, plan on learning to love, moving past the internal desires we hold for the simple ‘feeling’ we call love in society today?

Don Bennett
Don has spent the past 13 years serving in pastoral roles. Currently he serves as an Associate Pastor at The Meeting House Oakville, a Multi-Site Church throughout Southern Ontario, Canada. His passion is to invest in people and engage in conversation. He is married to Karin (12 years) and has three children (Jake, Josh and Ella).

 

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