Bible Verse of the Day

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day 16 – What matters most


Life is all about love

Because God is love, it is in loving that we are most like Him. It is the foundation of every command He has given. God wants us to love everyone, but He is particularly concerned that we learn to love others in His family. God wants His family to be known for its love more than anything else - it is our greatest witness to the world. We have some tough work to do here on earth to prepare ourselves for an eternity of loving.

THE BEST USE OF LIFE IS LOVE

Love cannot be learned in isolation. You have to be around people - irritating, imperfect, frustrating people. Love is not a good part of life; it is the most important part. It shouldn't be forced neither should it be a duty nor tool for affirmation or acceptance; it should be the natural foundation of your relationships with everyone. (flipping difficult!) Relationships must have priority in your life.

LIFE without love is really worthless~

God says relationships are what life is all about - Four of the 10 Commandments deal with love for God, the other six deals with relationships to other people. The 1st and Greatest Commandment is - "Love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. The 2nd is  - "Love your neighbour as you love yourself". (It is a sin against God not to love yourself, because by not looking after yourself and being sound and stable and healthy - you are of no use to anybody else, and to God's commandments.) Relationships, not achievements or the acquisition of things, are what matters most in life. The point of life is learning to love - God and people. Life minus love equals zero...

LOVE will last forever~

Love leaves a legacy. Love is the secret of a lasting heritage. When life on earth is ending, people don't surround themselves with objects (although I have heard of some weird burial requests); we want people we love and have relationships with present. Wisdom is learning THAT truth sooner rather than later. Don't wait until you're on your deathbed to realise what matters more!

WE will be evaluated on our love~

Love is what we will be evaluated on in eternity. God measures spiritual maturity by the quality of our relationships. When you transfer into eternity, you will leave everything else behind. All you're taking with you is your character. You can therefore never love enough - we don't know, we'll never learn, until we try under God's guidance.


THE BEST EXPRESSION OF LOVE IS TIME

The more time you give to something, the more you reveal its importance and value to you. Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it - you are effectively giving a portion of your life. So we must prove our relationships are important by investing time in them. In our relationships love is spelt 'T-I-M-E'. Love is focused attention and it concentrates so intently on another that you forget yourself at that moment - it says I value you enough to give you my most precious asset - my time. You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. Love means giving up - yielding my preferences, comfort, goals security, money energy or time for the benefit of another.


THE BEST TIME TO LOVE IS NOW

Procrastination is a legitimate response to a trivial task; but because love is what matters most, it takes top priority. You don't know how long you will have the opportunity to express love. Circumstances change. People die. Children grow up. You have no guarantee of tomorrow. If you want to express love, you had better do it now!

THE BEST USE OF LIFE IS LOVE. THE BEST EXPRESSION OF LOVE IS TIME. THE BEST TIME TO LOVE IS NOW.

What more can I say..? I love you right now..! ~ Stafford

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” -1 John 4:18