We all tend to focus on being successful at this or that, but have we ever tried our hardest at being successful in love. I think that is what Jesus calls us to do but we are easily distracted with other tasks, all of which don’t hold up in value and impact of being great at love.
Love Is the Greatest – 1 Cor 1-3.
1If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
The Most Important Commandment – Luke 10:25-28
25One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” 26Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
27The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
c 28“Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
What does that look like?
Here is the main example set before us:
• Think about the person you love the most; now imagine the love sacrifice required if you had to put that person on the cross for the world’s sins. Yep, that’s what deep love looks like.
How do you get there?
What Gets in the Way; Bad Programming:
We have been programmed to:
• Think about what we don’t have – focus on obtaining wants
• To worry
• To stress
From this place it’s hard to love others. You first have to get out of your own way.
We need to replace our desires and thoughts of what we don’t have with what we do have. Replace an unthankful heart with a heart of gratitude and contentment. Once we grasp this, we are free to give of ourselves and what we own more freely.
Must put our trust in God. Worry and stressing over things shows the opposite and keeps us trapped from loving others fully.
Phil 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS, again I say, rejoice.
Opposite of rejoicing in the lord is worry; worry implies you don’t trust God. Again, if you don’t trust God, it’s harder to love others when you are focused on worrying about yourself and your circumstances.
Stress, it reeks of arrogance and not trusting the Lord. We are called to lean on his ways, lean not on your own understanding but in ALL things trust in him and he will make your path straight.
Proverbs 3 5:6
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
6Seek his will in all you do,and he will show you which path to take
How to have the greatest impact:
• Think and focus more on the life to come. Plan for the future and think upon the life after we leave this earth.
• Replace thoughts of how much do I have to give, with how much CAN I give.