Love is the Foundation
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
The Lord looks at our hearts to see what motivates us to serve Him and to spiritually grow closer to Him, and he desires to see a heart motivated by his love in our hearts. And our love for the motivates, our mind, soul, and strength, and love for all people. Love is what motivated Jesus and we are to have the mind and heart of Jesus.
Love is the foundation of the Christian life; love motivates us to serve the Lord, bring Christ to lost souls, frees us from self, puts God and others first, brings us closer to the Lord, and changes our mind and hearts to that of Christ. What is the Christian life without a heart filled with God’s love?
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7) When we minister to others personally love grows is our hearts for God and for people, and we become dependent on the Word, prayer, and fellowship No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. (1 John 4:12) Bringing Christ to others brings us closer to the Lord.
Love changes us to be more like Christ because God is love. (1 John 4:8) Love is perfected in us as we love others which makes us experience what Jesus experienced making us more dependent on Christ. We become more like Christ when we depend on the Spirit to guide us to live like Jesus. Our dependency on Christ comes from the Word, prayer, fellowship, meditation, and calling on the Holy Spirit as we go through our day. How can we become more like Jesus if we don’t depend on the Lord to guide in a life that fills our hearts with his love?
Today pray that the Lord will fill your heart with His love as you reflect his love to others. Remember that love brings you close to the Lord, where his love, peace, joy, and security fills your mind and heart.
Prayer: Lord fill my heart with your love and guide me in the Spirit to bring Christ to others. Let your love in my heart draw me closer to you and motivate me to serve Christ. In Jesus name, Amen