“May God cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone else.”
(1 Thessalonians 3:12)
This really is the whole point of the Bible, and it is the single most important thing Jesus taught — Love.
Cover to cover, the Bible is a collection of stories, historical accounts and teachings aimed at demonstrating the power, peace and joy that come from living a life of love, as well as the suffering which results from living a life that lacks it.
The Bible directly states that God is love, and it’s through our connection with God (love) that we find meaning and purpose.
Sin is separation from God, and when we are separated from God, we are living apart from love.
Living apart from love can take many forms, and it’s not always clear and obvious. We live in a world that encourages us to seek to please ourselves, before anything else. The idea of “self-love” is promoted.
While it may seem reasonable or rational to make ourselves a priority and to look out for ourselves, especially in a world full of selfishness, a flood won’t stop by adding more water. The world will not become less selfish, if we ourselves become more self-centered.
We must learn and begin to love one another, just as Jesus taught. We must love our fellow believers, as well as others in the world. How will the world learn to live in love, if we don’t set the example?
How will the world come out of darkness, if we don’t shine the light? We shine that light by living love — being patient, kind, generous, courageous, enduring, persevering, humble, and so on.
Love is the narrow path, but it is the only way to salvation.
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