Real Love

Genuine. Do you want to be the real deal?

Will you satisfy your hungers yet leave your brother empty still?

Selfishness is not the way to get ahead 

and in the end you’ll find the least of these will be the first to be fed.

So is there breath in your lungs? Is there a pulse to your heart?

Is there life in your God given soul? 

Cause action speaks louder than words 

and people get tired of wolves

they’re burnt out, beat up, looking for someone

who can finally show some real love

 

Feel Good. That’s the gospel of this age

and church is a moral duty rather than a place where lives are changed

and faith without works is dead

You can’t love God and hate your neighbor

Don’t you recall what Jesus said?

Or do you use pretty words and dress them up with good intention?

Are you living for the one who gave it all?

Cause action speaks louder than words 

and people get tired of wolves

They’re burnt out, beat up looking for someone

who can finally show…

 

Real Love - The Son of God was made to bleed

Real Love - He took the nails reserved for me

Real Love - As he lay dying on the tree

He displayed what real love’s meant to be

 

So come on let’s open our hearts

and let’s set this world on fire

with a love that’s full of warmth and sincerity

I want to show some Real Love.

The song starts off very tongue and cheek but as the words began to unravel on the page, I knew God was speaking to my heart. How many times do we say one thing and do another? How many times have we told a brother or sister in Christ we will pray for them but are guilty of forgetting? The lyrics to this song started with the line "Do you use pretty words and dress them up with good intention?" This phrase laid dormant on a page for almost two years until I found the crumpled piece of paper in between a mess of other song ideas. The lyric struck me strongly that day as I had just recently read "The Ragamuffin Gospel" by Brennan Manning. A short synopsis of this book is that we are basically beggars at the door of God's mercy and when we get wrapped up in working for our salvation by trying to please God with our works, we forget the definition of what it means to be saved by grace. I remember weeping through many parts of this book because God revealed to me my pharisaical attitude. We hear so many people outside the church say that they don't attend church because of hypocrites. The problem is that on Sunday morning instead of bringing our brokenness to Christ, we try to put on our "best self". We pick out our outfit the night before. We sit in our same pew every Sunday morning. We always put a smile on our face during the time of fellowship and say our usual good mornings.

What tends to happen in the "routiness" of our Sunday morning is that we smile from a distance at the same faces every week without having a genuine connection outside of the service. Sure, there are christians who act like a saint on Sunday morning and then raise hell throughout the week but that's not the type of hypocrite I'm referring to. 1 John 4:20-21  says, "If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother." As the body of Christ, our purpose is to serve Christ first and make disciples. The questions you have to ask yourself are "How many people am I invested in?", "Am I making disciples?", "Am I reaching out to the orphan and the widow?", "Do I love the smelly co-worker who sits in the cubicle next to me?", "Am I cynical of the homeless person on the corner?".

All of these questions raised a stark conviction in my heart as so many times we are solely focused on ourself. This is a huge reason people are wary of the church. They are missing real, genuine, messy, selfless love. The kind of love that Jesus displayed so beautifully when he met the woman at the well and the tax collector perched in a tree. The wonderful thing about coming to know Christ as your Savior is that the moment we put our faith in him, he remembers our sin no more. We are forever forgiven in the eyes of the perfect, Holy God of the universe because of the blood of His Son Jesus. The best part of it all is that salvation is a free gift that cannot be earned or bought. We can stop it with the self righteous game that we play on Sunday mornings and simply rest in the work of what Christ accomplished at the cross. We love, because he first loved us. Are you ready to show some real love? I am. Allow God to work in your heart and transform you into the image of Jesus.

"Father God, I realize I am a sinner. I pray that your forgiveness would wash over me and that I would be transformed into the image of you. Help me to walk in your ways and not mine. I know I am prone to fall when I start to rely on my own strength. Let your strength be the pillar I hold onto. Teach me to love like you love. I want to love my neighbor as myself and not be afraid to engage in the messy, selfless, genuine, real love that you would have us display. - Amen"

-Leeah