Tuesday, February 10, 2009

If you don't love, you can't grieve


I was reading A.W. Tozer this morning and wanted to share it with you. The bottom line: If you don't love, you can't grieve. Which leads to another question. If you don't grieve does that mean you don't love? The irony is that when love is missing that should be something to really grieve over. And yet the absence of love prevents true grieving and often when it is called for the most.

Think about God. Do you love Him? Do you grieve over what grieves Him? Now think about the lost. Do you grieve for them? If you love them you will be heart broke with deep compassion for the multitudes. Go share the words of life with someone today. Read more from A.W. below!

In Jesus name,
February 8 The Holy Spirit: He Can Be Grieved

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. --Ephesians 4:30

Because He is loving and kind and friendly, the Holy Spirit may be grieved.... He can be grieved because He is loving, and there must be love present before there can be grief.

Suppose you had a 17-year-old son who began to go bad. He rejected your counsel and wanted to take things into his own hands. Suppose that he joined up with a young stranger from another part of the city and they got into trouble.

You were called down to the police station. Your boy--and another boy who you had never seen--sat there in handcuffs.

You know how you would feel about it. You would be sorry for the other boy--but you don't love him because you don't know him. With your own son, your grief would penetrate to your heart like a sword. Only love can grieve. If those two boys were sent off to prison, you might pity the boy you didn't know, but you would grieve over the boy you knew and loved. A mother can grieve because she loves. If you don't love, you can't grieve. The Counselor, 51-52.

"Lord, I think I take Your love for granted and consequently forget how grieved You are when I sin. Overwhelm me today with Your love, so that I might be more careful to not grieve You. Amen."