Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so I wanted to share a thought on love and one of the most convicting passages in the Bible. Later this week I will be starting a short series on the phrase ‘Be Ye Therefore…’ which occurs seven times in the Bible and each time it appears it is used to encourage God’s people to do something that will be for His glory and their good. But for now, let’s talk about love…
The apostle Paul had just been dealing with spiritual gifts in the twelfth chapter in his first epistle to Corinth and he finishes with the following verse. But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. (1Corinthans 12:31)
The Things We Think Are Important
Paul, according to his own testimony in Philippians 3, had at one time considered works and the outward observance of the Law of God to be profitable unto him and the Lord. According to the standards of the religious elite of his day, Paul was a great man before Christ found him on the road to Damascus. He said he was, “Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.” Paul had come to realize that all that he used to think was profitable or gain for him was loss for Christ. His position among the Pharisees, all the keeping of the law, everything that he had at one time considered precious he now saw as dung. To lose such things was nothing now to Paul for he had gained the excellency of knowledge of Christ.
Friend, we say we love the Lord. We say we serve Him. But do we? Is our works motivated by our love for Jesus? Or do we do what we do out of some sense of duty? Remember I mentioned that this is one of the most convicting passages in the Bible. Well Galatians 5:22-25 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” So we see that love is the first of the fruit of the Spirit that should be born by you. Love is not a gift but rather evidence of the Spirit within you. Paul reminds us In the first three verses of I Corinthians 13 that to truly love Christ is to love Him with all our heart, all our mind, and all our will or soul. Read the rest of this entry »