1 Corinthians 16:14 “Let all your things be done with charity.”
God blesses what is done through love. I think where we have failed is that we have neglected to us utilize the attribute of love. Love opens doors, and it really opens hearts. I actually think people allow you the opportunity to make mistakes if they know you really love them. Chapter 14 taught us to do things decently and in order. The only way those two things can be accomplished is when you do them with a heart of love. Everything must be done through love. We find that love will accomplish so much more than any other attribute.
- Love will allow you to Correct People: When people know that you love them they will allow you to offer correction.
- Love will allow you to Connect People: The heartbeat of any family is that of a loving heart.
- Love will allow you to Console People: If you love them then you will be able to comfort them by hurting with them.
Today’s Challenge: Make sure the things you are doing are being done because you love others more than your own self!
Romans 13:10 “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Love is a powerful thing. Love is the driving force of Christianity. This verse teaches us the power of love. The Great Commandment drives home the principle that if a person will love God with all their heart, soul, and mind, then it will take care of all the rest of the commandments. The problem is that most of us do not have a clue how to direct our love.
We have directed our love toward selfish ambitions. That means we love ourselves more than others. Ever notice what happens when people experience a change that is actually productive? They are so love with their own selves that they can’t celebrate the success that the change is causing.
If we truly want to fulfill the entire counsel of God then we must be driven by a love for others. We must remove our selfish ambitions and attitudes and start loving people unconditionally.
This has got me to thinking about the American Church Culture. It has become so much about me, my, and I. The Christian that is driven by love is more concerned about them and those, rather than me and my. This has convicted me as a pastor as well. I hope that the Lord allows me the opportunity to be love driven and not church growth driven. I want success, but if I was driven by love then I would want measure my success by the success of those I lead.
Today’s Challenge: May the Lord help us to operate in love for others.