“Three things will last forever–faith, hope and love– and the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
The Bible puts an enormous emphasis on love. God even goes as far as to mention the root word “love” 415 times in the Bible (KJV). Four hundred fifteen times!!! He’s clearly trying to make a point. Sadly, the world we currently live in has greatly diluted the word ‘love’. We don’t have to look far to see this misconception in action. Television, billboards, Hollywood, and advertisements have all somehow managed to replace the Godly definition of love with a far more earthly one…Lust.
You see lust is the ultimate impostor. This devil in disguise has kidnapped Gods intention for love and given it a life of its own. It substituted marriage for one night stands. It exchanged sex with your spouse for internet pornography. Both lead to short-term pleasure but neither of these are love!
Unfortunately false impersonations of love go far beyond the bedroom. It’ now slithering through good deeds everywhere. It is camped out in our intentions with no plans to leave. God’s word describes love by saying “it is not self seek seeking,” (1Corinthians 13:5). This is far different from love today. Lets not get it twisted, good deeds are awesome. The problem lies in the reasoning behind the good deed. We must ask ourselves one simple question, “Would we do it for nothing in return?” Far too often the answer is NO. The world tells us to look out for ourselves. The world asks, “What are you doing for me?” If the answer is nothing than why do it? Even popular song titles play to the worlds tune, Tupac’s ‘All Eyez on Me’ is a perfect example of what we value. We live in a ME culture and it’s showing no signs of changing anytime soon.
Sadly, these are not even the worst offenders of this identity theft. We love money, love clothes, love food, love cars, love sex, love fill in the blank. Do we not realize these things have no eternal value? None!Zero! Zilch! We can’t take them with us when we are dead and gone. The Bible is very specific when stating the two greatest commandments, “The most important commandment is this. ‘You must love your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31). You see true love lies in relationships. Our relationship with God and our relationships with others is true love!
We have to open our eyes and stop the confusion. Far too many Christians have turned the other cheek. It is time to take a stand for love. It’s time to defend its reputation and fight for its dignity. What is mentioned above is a serious matter. There needs to be a sense of urgency to make a change. Not tomorrow, not next week, but now. So please go out and spread the word. Please go out and spread the LOVE.
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