The Love Collision: Love Is A Decision, Not An Emotion - Ezekiel
“When the raw truth of the gospel and skillful penmanship collides you get the artistry of Ezekiel, lyrical evangelism.” Ezekiel is a word player in the world where silence is seen as golden, in his words “Speak now, or forever hold your “click click” PEACE.” Ezekiel speaks in the now, about what was done in the past and the joy of the future; the words of life to a broken generation, reviving the flat lined hearts of many to the life giving beauty of Christ. He is a husband, father, spoken word poet, hip hop artist, minister and teacher of the gospel.
Who are you?
I attempt to see the more permanent element of self. That must mean I can't limit who I think I am by what I'm currently doing, or what I currently have, but the one thing that has been done for me. My heart has been changed. Jesus Christ did it. I must find my identity in whatever that means for me.
At the moment I do Spoken Word sometimes that many consider challenging or convicting. I deem it truer than anything. I speak from experience and I talk about issues I feel God is uses my work to convey. That's super humbling.
What is your definition of love?
Love is a decision not an emotion. At the altar during a wedding ceremony, the response expected from the bride and groom as they embark on a lifetime journey of matrimony is." I do". It's not and will never be, "I feel". Love says "I choose you, exclusively” Beyond forsaking all others, it goes further to mean forsaking all conditions, that's why vows read the way they do... They in essence say, "I love you, and nothing else can get in the way of that"
Have you had a love encounter with God?
I believe that encounter is something that's still happening for me. I see more and more on a continual basis that God's love for me is yielding fruit in every aspect of my life.
I have had great spiritual awakenings but it's the person of Christ revealed in his word that continues to fuel me to respond accordingly.
How has that changed your life and your perception of Christianity and what religion has portrayed it to be?
It shows me that Christ's love was expressed in his Dying in the place of me and resurrecting to live through me. I can't limit what he did to a simple event that happened 2000 years ago or even 10 years ago. This is a truth that breaks me and molds me daily. It shows me that I'm serving a living God; I'm not surviving off an experience or event.
How has this love shaped your understanding of who God is?
Again this love teaches me that as an object of God's affection, I seem so small and he appears so great! His love is a shining pattern of his Character! He pours out his mercy and grace on me and I don't deserve it. It causes me to fear him, to desire to please Him, and to be at his feet, in hopes to understand why, He loves me so.
How has this love walk affected your life? i.e Has this love shielded you from trials? If it hasn’t, how have you been able to reconcile the truth of a loving God with the facts of life’s challenges in your face?
My continual learning and appreciation of the love of God provokes me to attempt to pour out self-sacrificial love on my family, friends and even strangers. It's impossible to experience the love of God in fullness and treat people like crap.
If you were given a chance to witness this love to someone, what would you say?
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For God so loved the world that he Gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. God loved you enough to give up his Son for you, what are you going to do about that?