Does love (loving the way the Bible outlines) ever get any easier?
A question I posed to a sweet mentor of mine late last night. Her answer? “Megan, it never gets any different than a choice.”
It all comes back to love. Every-single-time. This is why Christ said,
“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40)
As I allow my mind to sink into this, I have realized the truth of it. Does not every single call of the Christian life require and ultimately come down to love? 1 Corinthians 13 (specifically vs. 1-3) speaks about this. If we have all abilities and possessions but lack love, they profit us absolutely nothing. Where love lacks – pride reigns.
“By pride comes nothing but strife…” (Proverbs 13:10a)
“Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.” (Proverbs 16:18-19)
Love brings life. Pride brings death.
We cannot love with our own love the way the Scriptures call us to. We are flawed, therefore everything that we manufacture on our own is flawed. The amazing thing is that by the power of the Holy Spirit of God, we can love with His perfect, unfailing, unchanging love.
While it is true that He gives us the power to love in this way, we STILL must CHOOSE to love…to love in a way that is above our own ability.
Loving this way is often a challenge and sacrifice. Loving the unlovely is at times extremely difficult. It’s inconvenient. It requires time, devotion, and sometimes material possessions. This brings me back to my question, and my mentor’s answer.
Does love (the way the Bible outlines) ever get an easier?
Friend, it never gets any different than a choice.