The following is a particularly packed quote and repost by Jay Ferris. It speaks to the ‘secret’ of a life of love. For those who knew him, however, it was no secret. Neither was it a secret when he loved you. Not only did you know it, but others knew it too!
“The first market place that has to go is the one between our ears that is constantly calculating “what’s in it for me?” When our revelation of The Love of God is great enough, the “what’s in it for me” question goes away, and without further calculation, we become the provision and expression of that love to and for others. (“It is not as though I have already attained all this…” only that this is the understanding that my own study and experience has found to date.) This is the provisional truth or exchange truth that the parable of gold illustrates. Actually it is a very strange and wonderful exchange.”
Clearly to what degree we get it is the degree we can give it. Forgetting (or not knowing) how much we have been purged from renders us loveless and fruitless, 2 Peter 1:8-9. But he who has been forgiven much (and appreciates it) loves much, Luke 7:42-43. Herein lies a good lover. He or she is desolate enough in themselves to become a receiver of love.
Along these lines I thought it fitting to repost the FIRST blog post that Jay wrote from February 2011. It introduces what he everywhere called his “Love Patent” revelation. It’s a perfect place to begin. Enjoy!
Posted on February 11, 2011 by LovingLikeGod.com
Romans 5 is perhaps the clearest statement in the scripture as to just how he loved us. Elsewhere we are told, “This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down his life for us…”. Romans 5 tells us under what circumstances He did that:
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Verses 6-10
Jesus Christ laid down His life for his enemies. That’s the measureless love of God. Before His death He made a statement about the greatest love known to man up to the point of His death.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
Viewed from the language of a patent examiner, that would be called “the state of the art.” That was “as good as it gets” before Jesus laid down His life. Jesus redefined love at the cross. Anything short of this redefined love is unworkable, and unsatisfactory for building His Church.