Greater Is He

How selfish can one be

to think that we

are only what can be seen?

To think that I’m

so very blind

to the things that you identify?

To think that you

are so astute…

Is their no error in what you construe?

 

I don’t agree

that you and me

have irrefutable consciousness when we see.

When we view another —

a sister or a brother–

our piousness divides each other.

We look at the less devout

with arrogant clout

and love is no longer what it’s about.

 

We only look at the dress —

the outward they confess —

and with it, we assess.

Do we take the time

to know that they’re divine

because Christ also died for their kind?

Do you think that you are great

as you whisper religious hate

to someone who shares your same fallen state?

 

Why is His Church not one,

like the Father, Holy Spirit and Son?

Is it not the pride that Lucifer had begun?

We really need an eye;

a keen view of selfish pride —

that which separates you and I.

Maybe then, we will see

that Christ is all we need,

and love will then proceed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Greater Is He

  1. You’re right about the eye. I’ve frequently found that those with whom I take the time to really get to know, become much more identifiable as me. And usually, that is a good thing because we see the human frailty of ourselves, in others. Blessings!

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  2. Blessings to you as well, Bruce! Yes, frail we are. All of us. It’s disappointing to see how divided not only those in Christ have become with their titles (denominational, positional and in the numerous prideful ways) but how divided the world’ people truly are collectively. It breeds division, opposed to unity. If we are called to love even those of different faiths (all people), then how can we say we truly know His definition of love?

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  3. Damon, I see and acknowledge the divisions you mention within the Christian church but I also see a unity among some Christian believers where there is acceptance of differing perspectives on non-essential articles of faith and a grounding of brotherly love which to me is encouraging. No, it is definitely not universal but it still is there. And regarding loving and accepting those of different faiths, much more difficult and more rare because of emotions that very quickly rise to the surface when discussing evidence that conflicts with presuppositions. Jesus did say that faith in Him would cause division, the kicker is acknowledging the division while at the same time showing respect and consideration for those who express opposing beliefs. I would say that the dialogue and respect that was maintained between Nabeel Qureshi and David Wood prior to Nabeel’s conversion to Christianity from Islam would be a good example of what should happen. Unfortunately what should happen and what does happen are frequently not one and the same. Do you think Jesus always demonstrated love for the Pharisees? Obviously not, which calls into question the applicability of “love” in all circumstances. Yet Jesus was able to ask our Father to forgive them for what they had done to Him because they didn’t fully comprehend what they were doing. I’m not disagreeing with you, just noting that it is a very complex subject that takes a very mature Christian to walk that fine line and very mature and loving Christians in all circumstances are a rare breed. The biblical principles are sound, humans able to apply them, not so much, and that would include me. To answer your question, “how can we say we truly know His definition of love?” I don’t think I could say I truly know Jesus’ definition of love, I doubt if there are many who can. But like the Apostle Paul says, “Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” I think all that any of us who have faith in Christ can do is learn more of Him and walk towards knowing Him more. The gradual fruit of the Spirit follows knowing Him. I suspect that what we focus on has a direct relationship to what we achieve, but I could be wrong. Thanks for your patience with me. Blessings!

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  4. I agree with the majority of what you say here, Bruce. Although Agape love is a completely different definition of the love emotion. I would bet Jesus certainly did love the Pharisee in their ignorance of what, say, Matt. 22:37-40
    or Eph. 4:31-32 tells us. Did they truly know that love before He spoke the truth?
    Yes, we need work when showing the world just what our Lord through Christ is — that Agape love. The true essence of His fruit. I still don’t think anyone should carry a denominational title, or a worldly one that clearly establishes division within His Church. It’s just not biblically supported. Thanks for commenting.

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