1 Corinthians 13:2 says, “If I have prophetic powers and understand all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love. I am nothing.”
LOVE is everything, it is essential to life. We all require to love and be loved. The word love is used 551 times in the NIV Bible, that is a lot. God values it, He wants us to love one another unconditionally. He doesn’t want any excuse, He loved the unlovable. He was persecuted for meeting and eating with the types of people no one wanted to be around. He dined with the homeless, the promiscuous, the adulterers, in our culture those are usually the ones that we want to get the farthest from. However, we are called to love, not judge. We aren’t to try to fix everyone first, love them if they do this or that first. No, we are to love first and then try to help put the pieces together.
Love should always come first, I am reading a book by Scott Sauls called befriend, he said something that caught my attention today. “love for God is verified by love for neighbors”, we can be doing everything right, go to church, serve in ministry, study scripture, pray daily, feed the hungry, help the weak-but miss the mark. If we aren’t loving our neighbors then were missing the mark.
I know I’m guilty of this, I think I’m doing this good so I can let this area fall to the waist side. I don’t always love first, I sometimes go on the defensive first when opposition comes my way. I am quick to judge when all is should do is love. This subject has been hot on my heart lately, I can love first. I just have to make a choice. It is so easy to let this come and go for me, especially when I am around so many varieties of people. I let things get on my nerves, I let old habits creep in, then once I realize it, I kind of beat myself up over it. I am a work in progress as we all are. The great news is that Jesus is loving me first every time, so I pick myself back up and start again.
We too, should always love ourselves. Not in a proud or fancy way, but humbly love what God has created. He has each of us here for a purpose, I say it a lot because I mean it and I want to drill that in. I heard that a lot as a child but never really put effort into it, now that I’m starting to seek out my purpose it is such a clearer picture to me. I used to always think that other people will be able to do that better than me so I will leave it to them. So, not true. There is a specific job for me in the Kingdom of God and for you too.
So, how and where do we start? Choose love today, start in your house, love, love, love. Be thankful to God for the relationships you have, I thank God everyday for my marriage. He is in the middle of it and it is on fire, we have such a deep, great love for one another. God is blessing and honoring our love and commitment for one another. We choose love, we don’t pick each others mistakes a part, we simply love. Love your neighbor, literally the one who may need it the most. Love the people standing on the side of the road, let them cross the street. It doesn’t have to be awkward, just do it. Love everyone, even those you don’t want to. Because simply put, we must choose love first, if we truly love God then this is something we must do.
If we want to change the world into a better place and this is my goal, then it must start with love. Love for everyone, not just the ones that we want to love. EVERYONE!
I’m taking this challenge, I hope you will to. Step out and step up today! Let’s do this!