Love. What a powerful word. It makes sense that it would be, because 1 John 4:8 tells us that God is love. Last Sunday in service Boby Jubberread 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 inserting God in place of the word love. It was very thought provoking concerning the nature of God. God is Love.
This morning in prayer I was wrestling with what I am doing with my and how I am spending my time. Am I doing everything God wants me to do? Should I get involv3ed with this? Should I do more of that? Am I spending too much time on this project? Another “love” scripture popped into my head, so I turned to Revelations, the second chapter and read the following:
“I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have preserved and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works.”
So God, what you’re saying is that it is possible to be busy trying to do all the right things and still miss my mark? Love is more important. This got me thinking about my motivations for doing the things that I do. Am I trying to impress God or other people with my performance or in my actions? Do I love the Lord and the people He puts in my life? Am I worried about looking worthy or is it love that drives me? Most likely, I’s a little of both.
I believe that I am only scratching the surface of what God has to teach me in all this, but I think getting to the heart of the love issue is key. What motivates me? If love is not in the answer to that question then chances are I will miss the mark. So how do I become motivated by love? By pressing into, spending time with, and receiving from He who is Love.
I love what Dusty always says, “When in doubt, default to love.
(1 Corinthians 13)