Does He/She Love The Lord? – Sunday Thought For The Day
A couple days ago Pastor and I sat in a meeting with another Pastor. As we discussed pastoral issues, the other Pastor asked in reference to the wife in one family: “Does she love the Lord?”
That, my friends, is a question every true born again Christian man must ask himself when he meets someone he wants to develop a relationship with, that may/will lead to marriage. The same thing goes for women: “Does he love the Lord?”
However, pastoral experience has shown me that the question; does he/she love the Lord, is not only the least asked relationship question today, it has become the least cared about relationship question today. Self interest dictates only that the pursuer desire the other person. Add to that fact, many ministers do not fully explore this area with any degree of serious importance.
The person(s) involved in a relationship or marriage where one or both do not love the Lord, cannot truly love one another. One or in some cases even both persons may worship one another, but worshipping and/or lusting for a person is not synonymous with loving the Lord. Tragically, many today do not even understand what it means to love the Lord.
Loving the Lord means true reverence for Him and placing Him first without equal. It means obeying Him and desiring Him and His will, before all and above everyone/everything else. I love my family, but I love my God more. I’m blessed to have a wife and son who love me deeply, but who love the Lord their God more. That means their priorities are right. Do we ask what does my wife or husband want before we ask: “What does God want?”
Couples may go to church, but going to church doesn’t mean one loves the Lord; in many instances it doesn’t even mean they’re saved. They’re simply perfunctory churchgoers. Over the years, I’ve seen many of both.
The Word of God instructs and warns that we must not be unequally yoked. The reason being that the unsaved spouse or spouse who doesn’t love the Lord is disinterested in the will of God. Also, they can and many times do lead their spouse into areas that are antithetical to the Word of God. Such was the case with King Solomon.
A relationship in which both persons do not put God first is a relationship that falls short of all God ordained marriage to be, which brings to light another point. Persons today have been conditioned to want less of God and more of self, which is something that God will not bless to the fullest, if He blesses it at all.
If we truly love God, then we realize that God doesn’t instruct us to not be unequally yoked to deny us pleasure, as the serpent in the Garden deceived Eve into believing. Rather it means that obeying God’s directives is the way to avoid harm and the Lord’s way of ensuring we enjoy and receive the best He has for us.
It doesn’t matter if you agree or not, because God cannot lie. I’m repeating what He said; therefore, everything I’ve said is true. We either believe His Word or we call Him a liar.
Plus, when I die, I want the assurance of spending eternity in heaven with my family, not die and be eternally separated by hell.
Isaiah 1:16-20 KJV
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
About the Author
Mychal S. Massie is an ordained minister who spent 13 years in full-time Christian Ministry. Today he serves as founder and Chairman of the Racial Policy Center (RPC), a think tank he officially founded in September 2015. RPC advocates for a colorblind society. He was founder and president of the non-profit “In His Name Ministries.” He is the former National Chairman of a conservative Capitol Hill think tank; and a former member of the think tank National Center for Public Policy Research. Read entire bio here