What if there was one thing that had the power to calibrate every other thing in your life? One thing that, if you got this right, would drive, empower and produce everything about you in the right direction? Maybe not a silver bullet, but rather the secret sauce that made everything about you to be powerful and attractive?
Turns out there is. And not only does its presence in you align everything else, but its absence is more defining than any other positive, beautiful, or powerful thing in your life.
“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.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
According to God’s Word, if I don’t have love, I am nothing, I gain nothing, and I have nothing to say.
Love truly is powerful and defining. It defines the kind of person we are, the kind of relationships we will have, and the value we will add to the world. It reveals God.
What is love? Well, love is primarily a decision that creates an action for the good of another person. Just try to practice making these decisions and see where they lead your actions today.
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (vv4-8a)
We are most like God when we love like God.