One of these days we’re all going to stand and give an account of our lives before God.
You might be interested to know He’s not going to look at your bank account or a list of your accomplishments. He won’t be concerned with your grades. He won’t ask to see your trophies.
He’s not going to look over your friend list or ask for a copy of your résumé.
The thing that matters to God is love. Did you love God and did you love others? That’s what Jesus taught in The Great Commandment (see Matthew 22:36-40). Nothing else will matter in the end.
The big question at the end of life will be, “How well did you love?”
The Bible is very clear that love is to be the primary objective of your life. Love is the supreme value and the greatest power in life.
People talk about love letters, love songs and love stories, but nobody ever stops to define what love is. Most people don’t even know what real, mature, godly, Christ-like love looks like.
What is love anyway? In 2 John 1:6 we see that love is a clear command. God commands that we walk in love and that we love one another.
Therefore, love is not optional, and we can all be thankful that God would never command us to do something that He doesn’t give us the power and the ability to do.
We know that love is a choice. We choose to love, and we choose to not love. The decision to love or not love is a decision that we must all make for ourselves.
We are not helpless. We are in control. I get to choose who I love, when I love, and how I love. I can even choose to keep on loving even if I am not loved in return.
In fact, choosing to love when you don’t feel like it, or when it is not reciprocated, is actually one of the highest forms of love and it is reminiscent of the love God has shown to you and me.
Love is an action word. It is a verb. It’s a way of acting.
Love is not something you say or something you feel. Love is something you do. Love is a commitment that all of us can make.
We need God’s help to do it right. Let’s ask Him to teach us to love like He loves.
Steve Greene is the lead pastor at The Point in Seymour. You can email him at email@example.com.