If I have all faith, but not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. see 1 Corinthians 13
As I worshipped the other day, I was focused on listening to what was being sung, rather than singing without thought, and one part stuck out to me: “Love Never Dies.”
Immediately I was reminded that regardless of my failures, regardless of my rebellion against God, He remains the epitome of love, the perfect example. He is love itself. In Genesis 2:7, we are shown just how deep God’s love is for us. God knelt in the dirt, and used it to form us from filth to birth His most prized creation. If that doesn’t show His love, maybe the next thing we see will:
He then breathed into the nostrils of the man a breath of life, and then the man became a living being. see Genesis 2:7
God’s love for us is so great, so mighty, that every breath we take, every beat of our heart, is because of His breath, His life, His love. So many times I have failed Him. So many times I have ignored His calling on my life, or His direction and guidance, yet He forgives us of all of it. So what will we do?
His love has provided us with a second chance, and this amazing opportunity is not one to be wasted. This is a hard lesson to accept, but one God has been convicting me with lately: We are to commit, to choose. We either live for ourselves or live for Him. We have turned from loving the Creator to loving the creation. Who or what will we love?
1 Corinthians 13 describes exactly what love is, perfectly describing God, and perfectly describing how our lives should be lived. God’s love never dies, and we are called to live a life of this love.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. see 1 Corinthians 13
When we show God’s love, it changes lives. Yesterday I was almost self-centered enough to ignore God. Almost. There was an elderly man walking down the side of the highway using a walking cane, the type the visually impaired carry. Having just picked up lunch and being on my way to work, I almost decided to “mind my own business.” It was then I was reminded that this man was my business. The love of God never rushes, it never shies away from an opportunity to make itself known. I was able to park in a parking lot and walk up the hill to the intersection while he was waiting to cross, and offer him a ride to the bank. Do you know what he said? “God bless you young man,” and I was able to help him to the bank.
This story is not about what I did, it is about how the love of God makes a difference when it is shown, about how we are often too self-centered to realize the opportunities around us to show the love of God.
This is a hard lesson I’ve learned: to always love, not just when it’s easy or convenient. I want to challenge you with some of Jesus’ last words here on earth:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets. see Matthew 22:36-40
Just as a side note, there is a difference between being led by the spirit to pick up a stranger on the highway, and picking up someone. Be wise, ask God for wisdom and guidance, for if He guides, all will be well.
Have you had a life changing experience with the love of God? An experience of God showing His love through you, or showing His love to you through someone else? We want to hear from you below in the comments!