“Do I love God?” A hymn

by Kim on February 17, 2011

Do I love God? How can I know?
By following the rules?
No, rules are guides that can’t divide
the faithful from the fool.

Do I love God? How can I know?
By keeping to the creeds?
No, right belief brings no relief
from doubts that grow like weeds.

Do I love God? How can I know?
By looking deep within?
No, introspection’s always marred
by self-deceit and sin.

Do I love God? How can I know?
I can’t, but I can trust
the God whose grace I can’t escape,
whose judgement’s more than just.

Do I love God? How can I know?
I can’t – but here’s the key:
I love God only as I love
the ones who don’t love me.

(Suggested tune: St. Fulbert)

Kim Fabricius

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

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Pam 02.17.11 at 6:17 am

“I love God only as I love the ones who don’t love me”. “Love” is not a word I can associate with this blog.
I really fell “hook, line and sinker” didn’t I? Not again.

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Paul F. 02.17.11 at 9:00 am

Well, actually Kim, the Bible very clearly says “but if anyone obeys His word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (1 John 2:5-6) So it is through obedience that we know we love God. I think the author of this hymn is unbiblical.

Just thought I’d get the inevitable out of the way. Know what I mean?

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Kim 02.17.11 at 9:03 am

:)

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Rachel 02.17.11 at 9:32 am

Here’s how I read the last verse. Jesus commands us to love one another as he loved us. One way to sum up the nature of this love (in as few words are as needed to fit into the verse of a hymn) is to love those who hate us, as well as those who love us. If we’re doing that, then aren’t we “living as Jesus did” (1 John 2:5-6)?

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Pam 02.17.11 at 9:42 am

Jesus also got stuck into a few people who were really up themselves too, didn’t he.

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Doug 02.17.11 at 4:40 pm

Paul F., great sumation. I know there is a possibility of this being sarcastic but you really are begininng to “know the Truth” and we know that it “sets you free”.

Rachel, I agree but that is only one important part of “living as Jesus did” or as Scripture tells us being that Jesus is fully God. So I guess Rachel and Paul F’s statements combined is the Truth Biblically.

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Mendip Nomad 02.17.11 at 5:58 pm

Yes, Pam, he certainly did - even those who were his disciples! (Currently exegeting Mark 8.27-9.1)

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Paul F. 02.17.11 at 8:24 pm

Sorry, Doug, that was sarcasm. I’m still among the unregenerate. Still struggling to make that “decision for Jesus.” I only mentioned that verse because I found it in the Bible one day by accident. I was doing lines at a friend’s house when I got really bored and tried reading one of the really short books. 1 John was short enough.

Speaking of which, if I become a Christian do I have to give up coke? Someone told me the Bible doesn’t mention it, so it must be okay.

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Rick O'Donnell 02.18.11 at 2:09 am

Paul you really must stop. Isn’t that “coke” bit just a little over the edge? I mean, really…oh, wait…just a minute, I think the police are at the door!

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Doug 02.22.11 at 3:58 pm

Paul F., well it is great that you were able to read a wonderful passage of Scripture 1 John is wonderful. Even though you had a little bit of sarcasm I appreciate the care you had to present the verse in a “less than sarcastic way”. Is there anything that would help you “make that decision for Jesus”? Hopwfully I haven’t done anything to “push you away” from that decision. Paul F., we have our differences even with sometimes your “sarcasm”. However, I do have respect for you and I hope that you would appreciate me praying for you. Not for just the decision. That is just a sidebar but that you would allow Jesus to satisfy your hearts desire.

BTW, Paul F., I thought you were speaking in reference to CocaCola. However, Scripture mentions pharmacha (spelling) as being wrong which is in reference to hallucinatory drugs and it is in the NT Epistles.

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