LOVE – We will be spending the next 15 blogs on love. It is the Week 6 portion of the Common English Bible Companion and it has many scriptures to cover. It truly is a topic that could extend on into infinity, but it is a great opportunity to look deeply into “LOVE” and better understand our role in this most wonderful and challenging emotion. God is LOVE, and what the world needs all the time is LOVE, SWEET LOVE! Hope you enjoy this segment!
WEEK SIX, DAY ONE, COMMON ENGLISH BIBLE COMPANION
WEEK SIX THEME: LOVE
DAY ONE THEME: THE DEFINITION OF LOVE
SCRIPTURE: I CORINTHIANS 13:1-3 (CEB)
“If I speak in tongues of human beings and of angels but I don’t have love, I’m a clanging gong or a clashing cymbol. If I have the gift of prophecy and I know all the mysteries and everything else, and if I have such complete faith that I can move mountains but I don’t have love, I’m nothing. If I give away everything that I have and hand over my own body to feel good about what I’ve done but I don’t have love, I receive no benefit whatsoever.”
THE WORD OF GOD FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD – THANKS BE TO GOD!
SOAKING IT IN: These three verses have a lot to say about what “love” is NOT. There are actions that look and seem loving – having the right word at a given moment or speaking true words of wisdom or giving all you’ve got. But if any of this is done without the pure motivator of love, then they are useless.
There is the saying that faith without action is dead. Likewise, I think these verses are saying that actions without love are useless and void. They may make us feel good in the moment and they may boost our “spirituality” in our own eyes, but without the motivation of God’s Love driving the action, they have not earned one thing for the Kingdom of God.
Love is the only key to Kingdom Living. GOD IS LOVE! Without the motivation of love in everything that we do, we are only living and our living will become more and more stagnant and shallow, even stinky. When we do any of the above things motivated and moved by God’s pure, unconditional, AGAPE love, there the Kingdom grows and glows.
It is a fine line for sure. In any given moment our choices are at conflict with one another. As we choose what selfishly feels right and good, we benefit self only. But as we continue to deny self and put the best of others first and especially what God would have us do foremost, then the benefits reach far and wide and in ways that we will never see or know. That is true servant living. That is true Kingdom living.
Evaluating Jesus’ physical walk, this is how he acted and reacted each step of the way. He stayed very near the Father and all his actions and reactions reflected that relationship first and foremost – usually to his own personal hardship. That is why he was crucified. None of us want to be crucified – but denying our relationship with our Heavenly Father for our own benefit is its own excruciating death.
We each have our own cross to bear and as we do so, may it reflect how we relate to and understand the love of our Heavenly Father as exemplified by Jesus, and may it be used for good far beyond what we will ever know.
Our “cup” cannot contain the love we experience in our Heavenly Father! May we find His joy as we let it run over onto al of those we meet each and every day – those we know and those we don’t know. May it be a contagious and gooey blessing that keeps flowing forward for God’s Kingdom!