Love is from God
Today is Valentine’s Day. It is a day when we are encouraged to show our earthly love how much we care for them. It is a day when we are to think about love and to express our love. It is because of God’s love that we even know what love is for “we love because he first loved us” (1 Jn. 4:19). True love though is sacrificial and it requires that we think of others. When Jesus was asked what the greatest Commandment is he replied “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” the second greatest is “you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mk. 12:30-31).
In order for us to love God and to love others in this way we must think of ourselves less. When our thoughts are on ourselves we cannot show others true love. Our own motives cloud our love. In order to love God appropriately He must become most in our lives, He must become everything in our life. The greatest Commandment is not about loving God first, but about loving him in everything and with everything. Love is an amazing thing because if we chose to love out of selflessness it will not run out. It is an overflowing fountain from the one who loved us first, but if we are not drinking from the fountain of true love we cannot truly love.
God, out of his love for mankind gave His Son so that we could have life in Him and through Him, but that requires accepting Him into our hearts as not only our Savior, but also our Lord. Repeated Jesus invited others to follow Him, but following Him meant giving up their former self. He called people away from the imperfect to be joined together with Him. Some people immediately gave up their own desires and ambitions to follow Him and join Him in His work as they were called, while others asked what was required of them to be saved and were unwilling to give up their own self to follow Him.
The freedom that we have in Christ is the result of loving Him and following Him. When we live for ourselves and not for Christ we are following the ways of the world, but when we set aside our own selfish desires and instead chose to submit to His will for our lives we receive life to the fullest.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” (Mt. 6:24). God wants to be God of our everything and he will accept nothing less. If we seek to glorify ourselves then we are not glorifying God and our reward will only be realized here on earth, but if we seek to glorify God our reward will be laid up for us in heaven where they never lose value and are never stolen.
God desires our everything and he wants to be our everything. When we chose to make him our everything He blesses us and honors us. True love comes from God and can only be realized through Him because He is love. True freedom rests in God alone.