“As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.” 2 John 6
Years ago, I questioned some of the things I had been taught about God and the Bible, so I re-read the New Testament three times in a row, keeping track of the number of times different topics were mentioned (faith, healing, prayer, etc.). I discovered that overwhelmingly, the main idea of the New Testament, and the most mentioned topic, was love. It was obvious that love was the most important truth and if I understood nothing else, I understood what mattered most to Him.
“Love makes all other gifts appear as nothing. For example, if I speak with the eloquence of earth and the ecstasy of heaven and yet express myself without love, my words are superficial like the brazen sound of a gong or the clash of a cymbal. If I have a gift which enables me to witness to God’s truth, or to understand God’s hidden secrets and have knowledge of everything, and if I have the kind of trust that removes mountains, and do not have love, then I am a phony. Neither do I get anywhere just by giving my wealth to feed the poor – not even by sacrificing my life for what I believe. Without love, even these sacrifices don’t count.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (from The Heart of Paul, by Ben Campbell Johnson)
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a
The discovery of this truth and knowing that walking in love was of paramount importance to God, I began on a journey to learn how to walk in love. The Old Testament and New are full of insights that teach us to love as Christ loves.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
With Love, Cindy
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