Reclaiming Love as Our Highest Priority
Jul 26, 2020
Reclaiming Love as our Highest Priority
What do you look for as signs of personal growth?
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.’
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Knowing what maturity isn't:
1. Maturity isn't marked by spiritual experience alone
2. Maturity isn't found in how much spiritual insight I can gain
3. Maturity isn't found in how God uses my prayers to make miracles happen
4. Maturity isn't found in how much money I can give away
Knowing what maturity is: LOVE
1. Love is something I need to grow in continuously
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
1 Thessalonians 3:12
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
2. Love is not me focused but we focused
1 Corinthians 10:23-24
“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.
3. Love cares
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Corinthians 6:11-13
We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.
What is the current state of my relationships?
What impact is my life making upon them?
How can I be a benefit to those around me?
What is the state of my heart when it comes to relationships? Open or closed? What is God calling me to do about this?