Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mere Christianity: Book 3: Chapter 8 (Charity)

Fake it Till You Make it!

In this chapter Lewis focuses more on Charity, or "love".  We've discussed this before in our "forgiveness" post, but we will approach it differently this time.

First, it is important to fervently remind you of what we discovered before--LOVE IS NOT EMOTION. Rather, it is an act of the will, we choose to ACT in love, even when we may not LIKE a person.

This brings me to my main point in this blog post--"fake it until you make it". Psychology study has shown that merely the act of doing or thinking a certain way, can make you feel that way.  If you force yourself to smile, you will be begin to feel happy.  The same goes with love.  Love is not a feeling, true, but it is still EASIER to love those whom we like, and so we should try to ACT as though we like people, and perhaps we will begin to.  This is not fool-proof, for there will always be people that we just don't like, no matter how much we try.

So how do we manifest this love?  I believe showing love to God comes in obedience, and not just because He says "do as I say", but because we desire to please Him through our actions.  In loving other people this may come in the form of obedience (if the request is in not contrary to God's will), but it may also be simple acts of service or sacrifice.  It may simply be spending time with someone who annoys you.

My challenge to you today is to try to consciously do an act of love for someone who you "don't like".

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