Should we give up on people, and only love God?

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Maybe life wouldn't hurt so much if we didn't have friends

Have you had a friend die yet? I was only 26 years old when the first of my school friends passed away. And the circumstances made it even more tragic.

My friend was a special person. She had time for everyone, she was other-person-centred and she loved God with everything she had. She and her husband had headed out to India as missionaries a few years before, and soon I was happy to hear that she was pregnant. Our first babies were due just a few months apart.

Unfortunately, as her pregnancy progressed, she started to get terrible headaches. At eight months along, doctors discovered a brain tumour. They took out the baby – a little girl - by caesarean, and then operated on her brain.

Unfortunately my friend died. Personally, I was devastated. She had been loved by so many people, all around the world. Losing her brought us all terrible pain and grief.

St Augustine, one of the early church fathers, also lost a friend whom he loved very much. This is what he wrote about how he felt: “This is what comes of giving one’s heart to anything but God. All human beings pass away. Do not let your happiness depend on something you may lose. If love is to be a blessing, not a misery, it must be for the only Beloved who will never pass away.”

In other words, Augustine said that you shouldn’t waste your emotions on people. Instead, you should give all your love to God, because that’s the only way you won’t be hurt. Loving people will only ultimately bring you misery!

It’s an interesting thought. If I had read his words around the time that my friend died, I might have been persuaded to believe him. I might have said that relationships with people were just too hard and brought too much pain.

Was Augustine right? Should we really just give up on people and focus only on God? What do you think?

Leave your thoughts below & keep a watch for my next post when I look at what the Bible has to say on the subject.

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    Nicole

    No, I don’t think we should give up on people and focus only on God. Of course God is most important, but we can’t live without showing emotions to others. We need this and we need friends. Even if you might get hurt sometimes, you can’t get along without them..

    Dear Cecily, thank you for your great articles. I read every of them and they really help me through hard times with friends. ! Keep going on :)

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    Ancy

    Definitely we need not give up on people we love. Its because Jesus himself has said a second commandment as love your neighbor as yourself. So if God wants us to love only him, then there wont be any use in forming the second commandment. We could also see examples in bible- new testament about raising lazarus from the death. Jesus actually mourned for the death of his loved one.

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    Trea

    We shouldn’t give up on people because through evangelism we can reach to them. God can separate you from people, but you don’t have to stop talking to them. God will do this because some people will begin to tear you from christ. You have to have the gift of discernment or a good conversation with the Jehovah to see who is in which category. Like my nana would say not everyone is your friend and not everyone is good for you. But with all that I said you must understand that you can help any and everyone no matter what situation they are in, so never give up on anyone because the lord wouldn’t do that to you.

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    Mary

    The Lord never gave up on us sinners. Jesus taught us to love even our enemies.

    ‘And we have known and believed the love
    that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.’  1-JOHN 4:16

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