John 13: 34, 35.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
As Christ loved and does love, so we must love and accept others unconditionally. It’s been said that pastors and leadership live in a fishbowl, and it’s true as every action is pretty much known by the flock, but really, whether we like it or not, all Christians are transparent. We are watched, sized up and evaluated by other believers as well as non believers. If they don’t like what they see, we quickly get labeled as the hypocrite. What do others see when they view our lifestyle, and our attitude towards others? Evidence of love for others in our lives is far reaching and will affect the way we live our lives. It will affect our behavior, our grace giving, our values, our trust and our attitude. Love is the base of our salvation and is truly evidence of an authentic, true relationship with a God who IS Love.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8a
” If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I posses to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Such in-depth verses to ponder as we come closer to Valentine’s Day in this month of hearts and roses and love. Let’s get it right! Love isn’t just a romantic word to toss about carelessly, because we can but a genuine attribute of in-depth quality! An exquisite attribute that infiltrates every area of our living.
Lord help us not to be just a loud noise, full of ourselves, trying desperately to appear like we have some kind of religion, and some kind of power and some kind of knowledge laced with good works. Our love for one another and for the world has to go deeper than the talk and get right into the nitty, gritty of our beautiful soul ~ where we live it and breathe it daily. The whole foundation of our Christ walk is love. The whole message of the Bible is love. Pure, unconditional love in every aspect of our living. Help us to seek Your counsel for wisdom on how to best demonstrate it to a vast,hurting world ~ and customize it to action in our own, little worlds lest we fall into the shortcoming of “good intentions.” Help us to lay pride and self on the altar, before we move out to love a vulnerable world with an unconditional love that only You can give. ~k
Stan Michalski in Power For Living says
“We may think we’re dazzling others with our talents, accomplishments, counsel, knowledge, humor, convictions, strength, and personality, but there is really only one thing people will notice about us.
“Do we Care?
If their evaluation is YES we will have a significant effect on their life. If their evaluation is NO, our many qualifications will not deeply impress them. Our expertise may even rankle them a bit.”