Thursday, March 4, 2010

Day # 14 March 4th – Love

If you only get one thing right, make it this. We can practice all the obedience, all the disciplines, and do all the right things, but still completely miss the entire point. These last 2 weeks have been a time to draw us closer to Jesus, and to draw us closer to each other as the body of Christ. However, anyone of these practices is useless and meaningless without Love. Read 1 Corinthians 13. Love is not merely an action.  We can do many things that look loving, but have selfish purposes. Love is also more than emotion, love pushes on when it is hard, and when it does not feel good. Love is an eternal state of being that promises devotion and service out of trust and care.  Too often we simply relegate love into an emotion which is why we hear many people complaint I am not in love any more.  Too often we relegate love as only an action, which to causes many to say if you love me you will do this. The reason there is so much divorce, separation and animosity is because we are looking for love, but do not even know what it looks like. Love is the purpose we were created. 1 John 4:8 says "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love" and later in 1 John 4:16 "And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love." Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. All that we are, and all that we have, and all that is offered to us comes from the love of God. Our way to eternal life with him is not just the observance of simple rules, but through genuine participatory love. Love for God and love for neighbor, is what the entire faith hinges on, everything else are details Mark 12:28-31.

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