“The greatest of these is love.”
(I Corinthians 13:13)
Food For Thought… Love is… Love is the beginning, the end, and everything in between. Love is the motive, the fuel and the goal of life. Love is the thing, and there is really nothing else.
God is love. Love is the highest law of his universe. It is the most powerful force in existence. Love is what God intended human beings to know and give. Since God is love, God intended that his highest creation, man, should be love too. That Divine intent was obviously and tragically broken at the fall of man, but in the restoration of his eternal plan, now expressed through the church, God’s love once again is to reign supreme. The church, made up of believers like you and me who have been the unlikely and undeserving recipients of God’s redemptive love, is to embody and express love as God designed it before a watching world.
Love is… Love is a verb much more than it is a noun. Love is a choice. Love is not a poem, it is a principle. Love is a universal law, much like the law of gravity, or the law of sunrise and sunset. Love is an action that originates with God and flows from the redeemed life. Like water naturally flows from a spring, so love should naturally flow out of the life of a Christian unconditionally. Love is, not because of what is done for it, but because of Who is love’s true wellspring.
Your assignment as a Christian, above all, is to love. In all that you do—in thinking and interacting, in acting and reacting, in serving, sharing, and singing, even in expressing the gifts of the Holy Spirit as Paul has been talking about in the two chapters that sandwich this “love chapter,” love is to motivate you, love is to guide you, love is to be the outcome.
Everything else in life comes in a distant second to your willingness to be the conduit of God’s love for you flowing through you today. Nothing else is as important.
Love is… And if you will permit it, love will change your world today!
Prayer… Lord, above all else, will you remind me today that I am the living proof of your amazing love. Make me ever mindful of allowing your love to flow through me in every situation I encounter. Use me to change my world through the power of your love.
One More Thing… “Open your hearts to the love God instills… God loves you tenderly. What He gives you is not to be kept under lock and key but to be shared.” —Mother Teresa