If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the
poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Without Love, you will be a clanging cymbal; you will be nothing; and you will gain nothing. The Bible says that God is love. (1 John 4:8) Our first command is to love God, and the second command that includes all the others is to love one another. Love is the major theme of the entire Bible and without it nothing, no matter how positive it may sound is going to gain us anything if we don’t have love in our hearts. In Mark 12:23 we read, “And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbor as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.” Love isn’t optional. It is as important in your life as breathing. In return, we are loved by the most kind, the most fair, the most faithful person, God, himself.
Some people may be saying ok, easy, I can do that. Then…. something happens. Jesse in the front seat asks you for the umpteenth time, “so what page are we on?” Well, gee, that’s easy. Poor little guy he is just mixed up. Say “Page 324, Jesse. Let me help you find it.” Or, “Billy, would You help Jesse find his page, please.” If you have ever taught, you start out that way, but, on the last Friday of the month, the day after all the low grades forced you to redo the chapter, and Jesse asks that same question he has asked 25 times that month and the same question you just answered for Jennifer, and Michael, and Darryl, out loud, to say nothing of the three times you repeated it in the beginning, something totally different comes out of your mouth and in your mind you may be saying “Damn, that kid! Everyday, Monday through Friday. How stupid can he be?” Not very loving! And that is when you realize that this loving thing is not very easy.
I know most of you aren’t retired or practicing teachers, but in any position in life, we all seem to have our Jesse. It may be a co-worker, a friend of our child, or a son or daughter. Sometimes it’s a spouse. Loving is not always easy, and it seems to come easier to some than others. But, there is a way to get to loving everyone, and it is in the Bible at 2 Peter 1:5-7 which cover seven steps to get to the point where you can love everyone. I for one was very excited to find these verses because I needed a step by step approach. I am presently writing a post on these steps. It is getting quite long, but I think it is worth it. When finished I will put a link to it right here. But you can easily read the steps now and ask the Holy Spirit to help you take the steps. This is what Peter told us, “In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral
excellence, and moral excellence
with knowledge, and knowledge
with self-control, and self-control
with patient endurance, and
patient endurance with godliness,
and godliness with brotherly
affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.”
2 Peter 1:5-7
You may notice that if a person was well on the way to mastering self-control and patient endurance perceiving Jesse with love and giving him a loving response would be a lot easier. I think we should start with accepting that it isn’t always easy to love someone, and we need God’s help in those times. We must go to him in prayer and ask him to help us love that someone the way God loves him. Just considering how much God loves your Jesse can help you love him better.
Throughout writing this on my Galaxy Edge, my keyboard is suggesting spellings and most times when I try to slide over l-o-v-e, it puts live. Then I go back and correct it, but it occurs to me that love is so important in the Bible that we should love one another just as easily as we live without really giving breathing, heart beats, etc. much thought at all. But, we will have to work at it with prayer and reading the Bible to gain Wisdom and Knowledge.
May God help you to understand how much He loves you and how important it is for you to love others. May your love for your brothers and sisters grow daily in thoughts, words, and actions. In Jesus’ name. Amen.