In a couple of different ways the thought of truly sowing "love" into life around us has been on my heart today. Kindness. Just stepping back from the busyness of life and the feeling of missing that spiritual par - and coming to an overwhelming realization of "it's all about love."
When I played ball, the fundamentals were a huge part of practice. We could have spent hours learning all of the fancy stuff to do in games; if we didn't know in a second-nature kind of way how to do basic things, however, the fancy stuff would have been pointless. Basically (pun intended), what I'm saying is this: If love is not at the root of our walks with the Lord, all the fancy stuff means nothing.
When the Lord was asked point blank what the greatest commandment was, He didn't hesitate to hone in on love. The first is to love Him. The second is to love others. Why love? When we hard core obey these two commandments, everything else is fulfilled.
So, long story long, it is on my heart to break down the love chapter in the Word. I want to hold each portion under the microscope and allow it to refresh my heart and solidify in my spirit the determination to never forsake my first love.
I pray that He stirs in us hunger to feed the hungry, the humility to lift up the down-trodden, and the heart to bind up the broken. I want the world to know that I am His, and this is how they will know. We must love each other.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
Father, I want to be filled with Your love, so that I can in turn pour it selflessly onto those around me. I need Your help. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
1 Corinthians 13, Matthew 22:36-40