GodReflection: News Flash—We Inherited God’s DNA
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4: 7-10 &16).
It’s rather awesome to entertain the thought that God shared His DNA with me.
The truth is I had to learn not to love.
I started out by naturally loving my parents and family. Once I left the family nest and went to the neighborhood and playground I discovered that not everyone loved me and they in turn didn’t exactly make my list of most favorite people.
“Booger Red,” the neighborhood bully didn’t cause love to entered my mind as his rocks came in my direction and as I escaped into our house for safety seconds before a garden hoe sliced into our doorframe rather than my head.
The more I became aware of life the more I realized that not everyone who crossed my path was loveable. I suspect my response cause others not to see me as very loveable either.
My sister and brother-in-law spent at least half of their work life on the campus of a home for displaced children. In many cases the children were there due to physical maltreatment from their own parents.
I could hardly believe how children could still love their birth families after countless abusive actions toward them. Actions that would seemed void of love. From where do children derive the love they give in return for hurt received?
I would argue that God created love in the heart of every person who has ever or will ever be born. Love comes from His Holy DNA and is passed on to all whether born into rich or poor circumstances.
Jesus was sent from God to be born on this earth to demonstrate the love-heart of God. The Father’s nature is wrapped in a heart of love.
Thus, Jesus loved the destitute, he loved the poor and he loved the rich. He loved the lovable and the not so lovable. He loved those with hurts and those with diseased.
He loved the children because he saw the little ones live closer to their love DNA than their elders. The older folks had allowed love to morph into a recessive gene.
He even loved those who killed him and prayed that God would forgive them.
In my world of global news and daily life among we humans I find it sad to see the lack of love that flows from people made in the image of God. How can that be? I’m astonished at how far I have drifted from my birth DNA at loving as God loved.
Here is what I think.
I came from the womb into a fallen world. Although love was born within my soul it didn’t take long to recognize my capacity to make wrong choices. I was taught right from wrong. Yet, I didn’t always do the loving thing.
When one’s back is turned toward God the love gene recedes into a dormant state. In walk-away mode each wrong choice causes hearts to diminish as they move farther and farther from God’s heart.
The good news is the risen Jesus brings power to resurrect love. This is the rescue news of the gospel. Jesus came to restore my love gene back to God’s original DNA love implanted in my soul.
I like the way Tim Keller expresses it in his book Shaped by the Gospel. “We live in the now but not yet.”
When I signed on with Jesus he started the restoration—the now—that at his second coming—as the yet arrives in completion—will return me to a perfect non-flawed creation.
Until then my task on earth is to allow the Spirit’s daily activity to move my love gene toward the time it will once again be identical with God’s DNA.
Is your love gene from God dormant or in growth mode?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells
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