2014-04-11 - Love, Love, Love
Love, love, love - its all about love so, today, thats what were going to examine. We find in scripture that love is very important.
Matthew 22:35-40 (NASB)
Jesus tells us exactly what to do. Our greatest commands direct from Jesus' mouth are to love God with every fiber of our being and secondly to love people as much as we love ourselves. These two things really do sum up all the law. You won't put other things before God as false idols if you love him above all. You won't steal from someone if you love them as much as you love yourself because you will want them to have their own stuff.
Well thats well and good for Jesus to tell us we need to do these things but if I'm being honest I must confess that knowing what to do and fully grasping and executing on the how to do it is an issue for me. I struggle at times with knowing what that looks like and how it plays out. Am I alone or do any of you not get it?
Well as luck, or more accurately divine providence, would have it God knew we might need help so he inspired Paul to write 1 Corinthians 13. Below you will find the passage in two different translations. I encourage you to read it in many more as well to really get a handle on the words being used.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
This is the how to manual on love. Love is
Work through all fourteen of these things with examples of how they play out with God and with others. To help I will get you started with the first one.
I love God when I patiently allow him to carve away the bad in my life without complaining. I love others when I patiently deal with people who totally stress me out and choose not to go ballistic on them.
And now you can run with the others. This would make for a great group activity for your family or friends.
All scripture references are from the KJV unless otherwise noted.