Did you know even that if you’re the most eloquent preacher on the planet and thousands attend your conferences and buy your books, if you don’t show God’s love to people, God says you are only an “annoying distraction”?
And if you have such a strong faith that you can perform miracles, but you don’t love your fellow man, you’re just a nobody.
Not only that, if you sell everything you own and give it all to feed the poor, but you don’t spread God’s love, it does you no good at all.
Read 1 Corinthians 13: 1-3 from the Amplified Bible, (AMP).
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love [for others growing out of God’s love for me], then I have become only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal [just an annoying distraction]. 2 And if I have the gift of prophecy [and speak a new message from God to the people], and understand all mysteries, and [possess] all knowledge; and if I have all [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but do not have love [reaching out to others], I am nothing. 3 If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it does me no good at all.”
Many years ago, the Lord showed me the tremendous importance of showing His love to others. I was questioning something I was being taught in my church and decided to re-read the New Testament. I read it three times in a row as I searched for the truth.
I was looking for the answer to this: What’s the main idea of the New Testament? What is most important to God? Is it prosperity? Is it faith to heal the sick? Is it abundance in this life? Is it praying for revival?
I kept track of the number of times each topic was presented in the Word of God. Every time faith was taught, I tallied it. I did the same for every topic that came up including healing, prayer, prosperity, hope joy, mercy, love, and many others.
Do you know what I discovered? Overwhelmingly, the main message of the New Testament, and the most mentioned topic, was love! If love was the most talked about subject, it must be really important! I knew that if I understood nothing else, I must understand what matters most to God – love.
Back then we didn’t have Google, but now I know that the Bible mentions love 686 times in the New International Version. Thanks, Google!
“And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” 2 John 6 NIV
With the discovery of this truth and knowing that walking in love was of utmost 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.
“Jesus replied: “‘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 NIV
How can you show God’s love to someone today?
With Love, Cindy
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