September 23, 2011 by Chris French
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging symbol. 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 13.1-2). I can be the most faithful person, or sacrifice the most, or do the most good works, but if I don’t have love none of that matters!
Love heads up the list of the fruits of the Spirit. Apparently when Paul was thinking about qualities a person who is filled with the Holy Spirit has love was on the top of the list. Love is vitally important to us. Love was the motivation behind our salvation (John 3.16), it is what ties the church together (I John 3.14), it is how we show Christ that we love Him (John 14.15) and love is how non believers will know that we belong to Christ (John 13.34-35). If you continue reading in 1 Corinthians 13 you’ll get an even clearer picture of how love acts.
When I love someone I seek heir good, not my own. My actions aren’t performed to make me happy, but to bring joy into their life. Jesus said that if you wanted to put the whole law of Moses into a couple of sentences you could do it like this, “You shall love the
Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22.37-39) The most important thing is to lead your life to make God happy. That means that everyday I try to mold myself into Christ. I sacrifice like He did, love like He did, pray like He did, think like He did. Running a close second in importance is to treat the people around me the way I want to be treated. “On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22.40)