The Way of Love
“If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:3, ESV)
When you read scripture there is a repeating theme addressed in the New Testament many times and it has to do with works-based righteousness. Paul, Peter, James, Jude, John and yes Jesus all addressed the deception that we can be good enough, do enough, if it is on our terms to meet God and define the relationship as a partnership.
This reveals the underlying issue that people want to be in control. The idea conveyed in this passage is that so many do so much and give so much and want people to see them for their own glory but will stop short of giving what is really needed and that is to love God first and then others. To love with sincerity and compassion and commit to do all that God expects. This sin leads people to barter with God. I can make a deal with God that he cannot refuse. I will give all I have except my commitment in love, I will sacrifice for those in need except the sacrifice of self. Human nature and God’s common grace allow us to care for other people even if we do not love them and they know it.
Remember these things we first must start with loving Jesus.
““If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15, ESV)
“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”” (John 14:21, ESV)
Do we want Jesus to manifest himself to us then we must risk ourselves and love as God has loved you?