…but the greatest of these is love (1 Cor 13:13)~~ There are a lot of ways we can approach life. Many will say we should focus on getting ‘ours’ by any means necessary. The way of the flesh: selfishness, pride and the “me-first” approach take the way of focusing on what we GET and pursues the intent of “receiving”, even if it’s at the expense of others. We want it all and we want it now. We don’t care how anyone else feels about it as long as we get ours. When we don’t get ours, we not only express our displeasure, we take vengeance on anyone or anything that stood in the way of our happiness and we make sure their causing our displeasure is well exposed and in today’s world…well documented!
But our own contributions are nonexistent in every way. At what point did we give anything? Did we sow any good into the life of another? Did we take the way of love or were we just focused on what we were receiving (or not receiving)? The Way of Love will not be impatient or rude. Love won’t be jealous and it doesn’t focus on its own achievements or its own needs, ignoring the feelings and needs of others. It doesn’t insist that everything be done its own way and doesn’t punish when this doesn’t happen. Love isn’t irritable or resentful. It doesn’t “bring back up” when you’ve “messed up”. It doesn’t try to hide the truth. Love doesn’t give up on you, calling you a lost cause. Love doesn’t doubt you. Love doesn’t leave you. Love doesn’t walk away from your emotions….AND, Love never fails at doing ALL of these things!
Focus on love. What you focus on will expand. If you focus on what bugs you, all you will see is reasons to be bugged. If you focus on love, you can’t help but be consumed by love. Focus to the point where you can no longer see anything but love, and you’ll know without a doubt that love covers a multitude. Every situation is an opportunity to respond with love. How do I ‘love’ in this situation? There are a lot of ways we could do things, but when we take the way of love, the best result always comes out…for us as well as others.
Remember, Jesus gave two specific commandments, rooted in love: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself (Matt 22:37-39). Notice, this is about DOING and GIVING…He never said anything about “getting”. God First LOVED! He didn’t demand it and then give His in return. There my friend is our model example! Matthew 6:33 reminds us: Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you! So if the kingdom of God is rooted in Love, does it not make sense that we too GIVE Love first?