Current headlines would have us all believe our problems begin and end with political figures, diets, gun control or any number of other agendas pushed on us by those who profit in some way or another from media outlets, both social and corporate.
The reality is our problems all stem from a lack of one thing: LOVE.
Matthew 23:36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment.
We aren’t commanded to love God because he’s arrogant, or selfish or self-serving or insecure. We’re commanded to love him because the act of loving him is in lockstep with the wake of actions following him dictate: existing in a posture rooted in pure love. 39
Matthew 23:39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Where is love in road rage? In social media arguments, political debates, impatience, intolerance, violence? Where is love in the intentional infliction of pain, be it emotional, spiritual, physical or mental?
The Way of Love
1 Corinthians 13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends.
Love is the greatest energy in existence – an all-consuming energy. It overwhelms, transforms, heals and renews. It empowers us to super-human feats, allows us to endure things that might otherwise seem hopeless, it is to our souls what electricity is to a lightbulb. Anyone who has felt the true power of love (think of being hugged by a grandparent as a kid, or the day you were married, or the first time you held your own child in your arms) cannot deny this.
Newton’s Law of Energy Conservation:
Energy may be transformed from one form to another, but it can not be created or destroyed.
But, if a lightbulb is unplugged from the source, it goes dim.
This Easter weekend, as you prepare to move through your life, your portion of the world, remember to stay plugged in – to follow the greatest command – to grip your connection to the source of all love as if your very life depends on it, because it does.