Week Thirty Two
All We Need Is Love
1 John 5:2-3
This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep His commands. And His commands are not burdensome…
Quote from Pray While You’re Prey:
“If you don’t love God’s people, then you don’t love God. If you profess to be a child of God, then you are one of His people that you have to love.”
I try to get out of the house every once in a while just to be sure that I don’t become a complete hermit. Sometimes, it is easier than other times to be in public by myself. Most times, I am perfectly comfortable getting a meal or even watching a movie alone. Being alone is a part of my life and I have grown to value this time of singleness. Then, there are the times when being out in public by myself is terrifying and painful. Fortunately, those times are not nearly as often as the enjoyable times, but when they come around, I have found that I need to take a deep breath and get back to the basics.
What are the basics? I have to remember that the key to fulfilling my purpose here on earth is obedience to God. In fact, that is how I show God I love Him. I mean, let’s face it, there is NOTHING I can give to God. He owns the Universe. All He ever asked us for was love. He commanded that we love Him above anyone or anything. And that love is shown when we obey Him and love His children.
Many people make living this life so much more complicated than it has to be when all we have to do is love. This is not about romantic love. This is about something much deeper. This is the kind of love that causes you to take a leap of faith even though you are scared out of your mind. This is the kind of love that makes you show compassion and mercy towards people who are malicious and hateful towards you. This is the kind of love that makes you look in the mirror each day and shout praises for being fearfully and wonderfully made. All we need is love.
We do not need some magic formula. We do not need a conference or convention. We do not need a strategic, hook-up plan. We need love. We need to love God first. We need to love ourselves. We need to love others. It’s just that simple. Once you start pouring out love from your life, more love is poured back into your life. That is not to say that you should go around doing good deeds because you want to benefit in some way because then, you have the wrong motives. But, just live in obedience to God each and every day. If you stumble, don’t stay there; ask God for forgiveness and keep moving forward in love.
The bottom line is God is love. And, God is all we need. Everything else in life falls into place when He is at the center of it all. Choose to love and you choose live the good life, even in the rough times. It is a love that will never fail.
Thank You, God for Your example of
the right way to love.
Please forgive me for not showing my love for You
through obeying Your commands.
Lord, please help me to show love to the children of God
and to love myself even when I feel unlovable..
In Jesus’ Name,
*Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©1984, unless otherwise indicated.