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Do You Really Love Jesus?

I’m reading the first book ever printed by New Leaf Publishing Group, the company I get to work for. Like a Mighty Wind  recounts the Indonesian revival on the island of Timor during 1965.  The book has captivated my attention with true stories of the power of faith and the reality of miracles in modern times.

Below is the retelling of Tari’s interaction with a woman complaining about her less than spiritual husband (page 58). The truth Tari shares with her is profound and applies to every relationship.

“How can you say you love God when you can’t love those you see and touch in this life?

I said to her, “Do you really love Jesus and your husband?

She looked at me, you know, and it looked like she didn’t like me.

“Oh yes, I love Jesus,” but how can I love my husband? He’s not spiritual. No, I don’t even like him.”

I said, “Do you ever call him Honey or something like that at home?”

“No,” she said. “I just call him his name which is Frank.”

“Do you make a nice lunch for him when he comes home from the office or give him a kiss or something like that?” I asked.

She said, “Oh, no. I just don’t like him that well.”

Dearest sister,” I said, “that is your problem. I don’t believe you really love Jesus.”

Oh, if she could have hit me, I think she would have. “I don’t believe you love Jesus,” I continued. “You  are spiritualizing your love. When Jesus talked about love, He made it simple and practical. But you make it so spiritual. You are talking about loving someone in heaven, and here you can’t even love your husband on earth. If Jesus would have just kept saying, ‘ I love my Father, I love my Father, I love my Father,’ it wouldn’t have done me any good. But he loves us as the the Father loves him. He gave himself on the cross, so that you and I could be redeemed. That’s love! Jesus said we should love our fellow man; love one another. You cannot love Jesus if you don’t love those around you. When you love them with your whole heart, then you really love Jesus. You will never prove to me you love Jesus until you love your husband.”

To be continued in tomorrow’s post.

Until then, I invite you to join me in asking God to reveal to me the people I am refusing to simply and practically love the way Jesus did.

About Jennifer O. White

I’m a simple wife who has discovered God’s amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you’ve ever imaged.

4 Replies

  1. This is goooooood stuff. Can’t wait to hear more.

  2. Travis

    Love it. That’s the meat of it I think.

  3. Rosella Kasper

    Thanks, Jennifer. You just confirmed that I am doing the right thing loving some people that others have told me to cast aside.