But the Greatest of These is LOVE
February 9, 2015 Vicki Ohlerking

But the Greatest of These is LOVE

February 9 2015

Leslie Siebeling | Co-Lead Pastor | Life Church | Memphis, TN

“…but the greatest of these is LOVE.”  1 Corinthians 13:13b

At the core of our being there is an innate desire to love and be loved. God created us with that longing and thankfully gives us lots of instruction in His word on how to give and receive love. It’s easy to fall into the trap of a “quick fix” for love – trying to fill that God-sized desire with material possessions, experiences and people. Those things in and of themselves may not be bad things, but when we elevate them above God’s prescription for true love we will always come up empty.

To experience love in its purest sense, I must continually receive God’s unconditional love. Even in my less than perfect condition, His love towards me is perfect. By faith, I can stand on that foundational truth.

Learning to have confidence in God’s love is the key that unlocks a love-filled life.  I experience love at its best when I love God, love myself and love others.

“Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Matthew 22:37-39

When I receive God’s love I can:

  • Love Him Back – Loving and serving God flows freely from a heart that has received divine love.  It becomes a natural response that is driven by relationship, not rules and regulations.
  • Love Myself – Seeing myself in the light of God’s love gives me the strength to accept what I can’t change and to change what I can.  Looking honestly at my strengths and weaknesses helps me to partner with the Holy Spirit to become the “best me” I can be.  Godly self-confidence is very attractive.
  • Love Others – Living in God’s love and loving myself sets me up to be a great lover of people.  I can’t give what I don’t have. Insecurity and lack of identity in Christ cause me to withhold love and judge others.  It takes daily devotion and an openness to the Holy Spirit to build that kind of love into our lives. It’s so worth it!

I pray you know God’s love, give yourself some love and then lavish that love on others today…