Love One Another:
Where does love fit into our list of priorities? Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34). It seems that Jesus was saying love is the main thing on which we should concentrate. The Apostle Paul stated that “…faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13).
Love should be number one on our spiritual priority list. We should study love, pray about love, and develop the fruit of love by practicing loving others. God is love, so when we walk in His love we abide in Him. Because we walk in God’s love by receiving and expressing it, we should not deceive ourselves into thinking we can love God while we hate other people. “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:20). Love is the greatest thing in the world. It is the best thing to commit our life to, to seek, and to excel in.
We may seek many things in the course of our lifetime. We hope to find fulfillment in each one, but most of them fall short of the desired goal. When we put our time and energy into things that do not fulfill us, we feel frustrated. What are our priorities? Is love the main priority in our life? The commitment to learn to walk in love should be one of the best decisions we could ever make as a Christian. Love not only blesses others, it also blesses the one doing the loving. Concentrating on being a blessing to others will bring us joy. We will find it exciting and challenging. All of us must become students of love, and pray that the love that God has filled us with will overflow to everyone we come into contact with.
In this month that we celebrate Valentine’s Day let us make the commitment to make Jesus’ commandment to love one another our number one priority in our lives.
Grace & Peace,