The Way of Love
“And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:2, ESV)
The way of love is often construed to be a person who is favored of God. That God would bring all of His power to bear on our lives, Because of course He loves us, right? This passage speaks of all the power of God that is given to His children for His purposes. These are powers that are recorded in scripture given to great servants of God to lead and guide the people. To bring about healing and hope. We all would love this great gift of God. So where is the point in this passage. Anyone of any level of faith would love God if He gave us prophetic powers of healing, or infinite wisdom of God, or the faith to see the supernatural acts of God.
Are we focused on loving the gift over the Giver? Does our love of God come about because of what God can do and is capable of or does our love start with God alone? No more, nothing less, simply a soul loving God. This time of the year we love another man greatly because he brings gifts. Is this the right way to love God. People reject God because He has not acted in their life according to their expectations. Like the spoiled child that does not get the gift they wanted on Christmas morning.
If we are to be more devoted to God in love, then we must start with simply who God is. Get in the word, see God, and love Him simply because He is. Then when the powers of God are brought to bear in your life you will use them to magnify God and His glory. A good place to get to know God is in the Psalms.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his steadfast love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who alone does great wonders, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who by understanding made the heavens, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever; to him who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever; the sun to rule over the day, for his steadfast love endures forever; the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever;” (Psalm 136:1–9, ESV)
Can you love God simply because He is?