Man’s Quest for Love
Love, the greatest and most coveted of all earthly possessions, is the total sum of every man’s quest. Man’s intense need for love is his first expression of emotional awareness, apparent from the moment he is thrust forth from the womb. The need is intensified with age and cannot be stilled. Yet man often refuses the object of his quest by rejecting its laws and principles.
Like other things of great value, love has its counterfeit. Being cheap and plentiful, the counterfeit is often mistaken for the genuine. Genuine love will flow as a river and cannot be contained in a reservoir. It must give of itself, holding nothing in reserve.
The unconverted person, deceived by a selfish counterfeit love, must judge all things by his own selfish principles and motivations, while being deceived by counterfeit love. Because of his lack of spiritual wisdom, he envisions a god in his own image and after his own likeness (Rom. 1:23-32). He is unable to visualize a transforming power that can change his thought pattern and eliminate his misery. He assumes his need is for a god that will be tolerant of his lack and be agreeable with his whelms. If there was such a god, this man would be worse than a devil. Man’s vital need is to encounter a God of strength and vigor—one who can lift him from his misery and corruption into the higher realm of bliss. Man has no need for a god that is compatible to his low estate. Mankind is miserable because he is ignorant of his potential and connection to his creator.
Without genuine love (Yahweh’s life-energy), man is unable to forgive those who reject his self-love. Self-love is the god of his life, the one who will help him justify his weaknesses. Mankind’s greatest weakness is his inability to forgive those who trespass against him. This self-love, or counterfeit love, cannot supply the needed strength nor the wisdom man must have to resist retaliation; therefore, he has need of a god that will understand and support his principles, thus he conceives a theology that will support and enforce the principles of the lower creation, that is, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
The free work of grace, supplied through the sacrifice of Christ, penetrated the whole creation with an inborn light and truth. This enlightenment often hinders man from actually inflicting punishment upon those who reject him. “Who would condemn God or blame me,” he reasons, “if God himself executes my desired punishment by sentencing this erring one to eternal torture?” The word is clear that we must not curse our enemies—we are commanded to bless them. “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not,” Romans 12:14.
If a man believes in a god of retaliation, he can justify his desire to retaliate, but if man accepts a God of love, mercy, and longsuffering, he will condemn himself by confessing that these are the true principles to live by. If man will accept the principles of Love, he will accept Yahweh, for Yahweh is Love. But to reject the principles of Love is to reject Love and Life.
Yasha said, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despiteful use you, and persecute you; that you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust,” Matthew 5:44-45.