The Importance of Love: Matthew 22:37-39; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; 1 John 4:7-8
Love is the greatest commandment and the greatest gift that God has given us. In this blog post, we will explore what the Bible says about the importance of love and how we can practice it in our daily lives.
Jesus summarized the whole law of God in two commandments: to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39). He said that these are the greatest and most important commandments, and that all the other commandments depend on them. This means that love is the essence of our relationship with God and with others. Without love, we cannot please God or serve others.
But what is love? The apostle Paul gives us a beautiful description of love in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. He says that love is patient, kind, not envious, not boastful, not proud, not rude, not selfish, not easily angered, not resentful, not rejoicing in evil, but rejoicing in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. He also says that love is more important than any spiritual gift or knowledge or faith or sacrifice. He says that without love, we are nothing and we gain nothing.
Where does this love come from? The apostle John tells us that love comes from God, because God is love (1 John 4:7-8). He says that God showed his love for us by sending his Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and to give us eternal life. He also says that if we love God, we must also love one another, because God lives in us and his love is perfected in us. He says that no one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God’s presence is revealed among us.
How can we apply this to our lives? Here are some practical suggestions:
- Spend time with God in prayer and worship. Thank him for his love and ask him to fill you with his Spirit and his love.
- Read and meditate on the Scriptures that talk about love. Memorize some verses and use them as reminders throughout the day.
- Ask God to help you identify and overcome any barriers or obstacles that prevent you from loving him or others. Confess any sin or unforgiveness or bitterness or fear that hinders your love.
- Seek to show love to others in practical ways. Be kind and compassionate and generous and forgiving and respectful and honest and faithful. Serve others with humility and joy. Share the gospel with those who do not know Jesus.
- Join a community of believers who can encourage you and support you in your journey of love. Pray for one another and bear one another’s burdens. Celebrate one another’s victories and comfort one another’s sorrows.
Remember that love is not a feeling or an emotion, but a choice and an action. It is not something that we do once in a while, but something that we do every day. It is not something that we do by ourselves, but something that we do with God’s help and grace. It is not something that we do for our own benefit, but something that we do for God’s glory and for others’ good.
Love is the greatest thing that we can have and the greatest thing that we can give. Let us strive to live a life of love as God has loved us.