Thursday, October 27, 2016
Learning That The Best Use of My Life Is Love
In review of 1 Corinthians 14:1 it says, “Let love be your highest goal!”
Let love be what drives you.
What this means to me:
I am to let love be my motivation and highest goal.
Today's verse comes from the first part of 1 Corinthians 14 where Paul speaks of encouraging, strengthening and comforting others. He starts by saying to let love be our highest goal. We should desire the gifts the Spirit gives us, but especially the ability to prophesy. One who prophesies strengthens others, encourages them, and comforts them.
There are truths that I need to keep in mind that will help me focus my life and reduce overload and stress. Practice of these will lead to better relationships.
The first truth is this: The best use of life is love. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:1, “Let love be your highest goal!” (NLT) I am to make it my number one priority, my primary objective, my greatest ambition and my life's purpose. It can’t just be in the top 10 things, it must be number one. I make it number one because God says love is what life's all about. The Bible says, “No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love” (1 Corinthians 13:3 MSG). Loving relationships aren’t just something I squeeze into my schedule. God doesn’t just say that loving relationships are an important part of my life. God says loving relationships are my life. That’s what life's all about. It’s all about love.
Second, God says I need to focus on love because that’s all that’s going to last: “Three things will last forever — faith, hope, and love — and the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT). The way for me to leave a lasting legacy is to fill my life with love.
Today I will consider what legacy I would leave behind if something were to happen to me and I would no longer be around? What would others say and would it have anything to do with the way I loved others?
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