When I teach on LEMON Leadership those in the audience relate to the Networkers (the N in LEMON) as the warm, fuzzy and lovable ones. But… Luminaries also love, like luminaries, of course. Paul, a Luminary if there ever was one, said this to his friends in Philippi:
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you. I love you with all my heart… 8 God can give witness that I long for all of you. I love you with the love that Christ Jesus gives.
So far, so good. The Luminary feels, he loves with all his heart, he longs for his friends. Friends want the best for friends, so what is the desired outcome that the Luminary has for his friends?
9 I pray that your love will grow more and more. And let it be based on knowledge and understanding.
Love based on “knowledge and understanding.” Wait… what about the heart? To the Luminary, it is okay for love to come from knowledge and understanding. I know more than one person who arrived at pre-marriage counseling with a spreadsheet.
10 Then you will be able to know what is best.
For the true Luminary, knowing without living is never enough. Love untranslated to life is love-in-theory. True love results in pure living, not unbridled emotion.
You will be pure and without blame until the day Christ returns. 11 You will be filled with the fruit of right living produced by Jesus Christ.
What is the time-frame of loving like a Luminary? “until the day Christ returns” — Luminaries see until eternity, and should love for a lifetime. I asked a Luminary friend, “When do you feel loved? “When he thinks about the long term implications of what he says…” she said without hesitation. “How long?” I asked. “Multiple generations.”
Which leads to the “why” about which the Luminary is so concerned:
All of those things bring glory and praise to God.
The bottom line of Loving like a Luminary is not so that we all feel loved and great, but “so that” all of life “brings glory and praise to God.”