Posted on November 20, 2005
Posted on November 20, 2005
“Love means living the way God commaded us to live.
As you have heard from the beginig, his command is this:
Live a life of love.” 2 John 1:6
Because God is love, the most important lesson he wants you to learn on earth is how to love. It is in loving that we are most like him, so love is the foundation of every command he has given us: ” The whole law is summed up in this one command: ‘love others as you love yourself,’”
Learning to love unselfishly is not an easy task. It runs counter to our self-centered nature. That’s why we’re given a lifetime to learn it. Of course, God wants us to love everyone, but he is particulary concerned that we learn to love others in his family.
Love should be your top priority, primary objective, and greatest ambition. Love is not a *good* part of your life; it’s the *most important* part. The Bible says, “Let love be your greatest aim.”
It’s not enough to say, “ONE of the things I want in life is to be loving,” as if it’s in your top ten list. Relationships must have priority in your life above everything else. Why? Life without love is worthless. Paul makes this point: “No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”
Love will last forever. Another reason God tells us to make love our top priority is that it is eternal: “These three things are forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.”
Love leaves a legacy. How you treated other people, not your wealth or accomplishments, is the most enduring impact you can leave on earth. As Mother Theresa said, “It’s not what you do, but how much love you put into it that matters.” Love is the secret of lasting heritage.
Knowing this, I suggest that when you waKe up every morning you kneel by your bed , or sit on the edge of it, and pray this: “God, whether I get anything else done today, I want to make sure that I spend time loving you and loving other people — because that’s what life is all about. I don’t want to waste this day.” Why should God give you another day if you’re going to waste it?
Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you’ll never get back. Your time is your life. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
It is not enough to *say* relationships are important; we must prove it by investing time in them, Words alone are worthless.
The essence if love is not what we think or do or provide for others, but how much we give of ourselves.
The most desired goft of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. it is focused attention. Love concentrates so intently on another that you forget yourse;f at that moment, Attention says, “I value you enough to give you my most precious asset—my time.” Whenever you give your time, you are making a sacrifice, and sacrifice is the essence of love. Jesus modeled this: “Be full of love for others, following the example if Christ who loved you and gave himself to God as a sacrifice to take away your sins.
The best use of life is love. The best expression of love is time. The best time to show love is now.