There’s just something about love. There’s been songs written about it, movies made for it, Hallmark makes a killing on it but what strikes me most is how much it was actually used in the bible and the amount of justice laid to it. According to that, there is no greater thing that you can do than just love as shown in the passage just below:
Galatians 5:13-15 (New International Version)
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.
1. Love is the supreme value in life.
Matthew 22:37-39 (NLT) shows – Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (emphasis added by me)
Now what that’s telling you is that there is absolutely no greater thing than to love. But who you gonna love? You love the Lord your God! How? With absolutely everything you’ve got. For most, that’s gonna be easy and you can say oh I’ve got this. I’m all good. But notice one thing, look at what’s underlined. A second commandment that’s just as great as the first as according to the Word it’s as equally important, you’ve got to love everyone else the exact same way (notice that I did say everyone). That’s where most, including myself find probably the most struggles and start to pull back the reigns some. I mean come on, how am I supposed to love someone that stole my girlfriend from me, took the job I had my eye’s set on, beat me to the quote, cut me off in traffic, just yelled something a little profain at me, or maybe I just don’t like because they seem to get everything handed to them and I have to work my butt off for a little piece of the pie? Well, that’s not what it’s about, it’s about loving others as Jesus loved you. Period! No if’s, and’s or but’s about it. It’s common, it’s written and we are to find a way to do it. Knowing this, that brings us to number 2.
2. Love is the primary objective of life.
Life is not about how high I can climb up the corporate ladder, how much money I make, how many degree’s I have, how big my house is, what kind of car I drive or golf clubs I have in my garage. Life is not about how much stock I own, how much land I posses, how big my last raise was, what kind of job I have, or even how many conferences I’ve spoken at. Life is all about love. Don’t believe me? Let’s go back to the Word for a little clarification:
If I don’t live a life of love…
- nothing I say will matter
1 Corinthians 13:1 (NLT) If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal
- nothing I know will matter
1 Corinthians 13:2 (NCV) I may have the gift of prophecy. I may understand all the secret things of God and have all knowledge, and I may have faith so great I can move mountains. But even with all these things, if I do not have love, then I am nothing.
- nothing I believe will matter
1 Corinthians 13:2 (Message) if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing
- nothing I give will matter
1 Corinthians 13:3 (NLT) If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
- nothing I accomplish will matter
1 Corinthians 13:3 (Message) So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love
3. There is no greater power in life than love.
When all is said and done and the world refuses to exist as we know it and the sun refuses to shine no more, there will only be 3 things left:
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT) Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
There is nothing greater that you can have in your life, no matter your circumstances, than love. I leave you with this:
Ephesians 5:2 (Message) Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.
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