Twenty Things I Want to Tell My Sons
Chapter 8

 

Love Really is the Answer

But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

I Corinthians 13:13

You can have it all, do it all, be it all, but if you donít have love you are nothing (I Cor 13). Love really is the most important thing that there is. All of your relationships should be characterized by love. All that you do should be done in love. We are to love God with all our strength, soul and might (Deut 6:4-9). When they asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was, He said it was to ďLove GodĒ and to ďLove othersĒ (Matt 22:35-40). He said that the entire law and prophets is based on these two things. Paul wrote that when we love one another we fulfill the law of God (Rom 13:8-10). Jesus went as far as to tell us to love our enemies and those who persecute us (Matt 5:43-48). This is hard. Iím not sure we can do this on our own and I believe we need Godís help with this one. That is why it is important to feel Godís love, to be filled with His love; to experience His love for you and His love for the people around you. Again, this may require fasting and prayer. (It did in my case). It may happen immediately when you are born again. It may happen gradually over time. Once you break through and experience Godís love, it is there forever. It never goes away, kind of like His Spirit. (Maybe they are connected.) It is awesome to be filled with Godís love. Make sure you get to this point in your walk with God. If you donít, nothing else matters. Loving God and loving others is at the core of true Christianity.

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"Choose you this day whom you will serve.....but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."

Joshua 24:15