Love Is All You Need
“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 with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NIV)
It’s helpful to recall Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels to fully appreciate Paul’s treatise on love. When we refuse to love God and others, we refuse to do the one thing Jesus commanded us to do; we are disobedient to God’s Word; we do not honor God, we honor Satan; we allow selfishness, doubt and fear to rule our lives; we will cave in, give up and quit on ourselves and others; we close our hearts to forgiveness and reconciliation. Refusing to walk in love transforms you and you become a child of darkness.
Paul explains what love is and what it is not. Love is: the motivator for serving others; the source that energizes our anointing; given unconditionally only with God; modeled for us in the words and actions of Jesus; the highest development of character. Love adds to and enhances, it never takes away. Love never fails. Love protects and never harms. Love surpasses sacrifice. In the last verse of Chapter 13, Paul tells us just how important love is, that love is greater and surpasses both faith and hope. True affection for God and others growing out of God’s love is our highest goal.
Child of God, how is your love walk? Are you rooted and grounded in love? Is your anointing working and producing results in your life? Have you checked the fuel gauge in your heart lately to make sure it is filled with love? If you are running on empty, I encourage you to call on God today. Remember, God is love. As I write these words, the Beatles lyric echoes in my ear, “Love is all you need!”
Father, You loved us so much You sent Your Son Jesus to die on the cross for us. His blood redeemed, reconciled, restored and healed me. Holy Spirit, fill me with God’s love until I am running over. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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