Discovering the Virtue of Love: Is Love All We Need? – Part 3 [Opinion]

So…

What is God’s truth and why does it matter?

Simple. God’s truth is that everything should be done in love and through love. The only way you can come to a place of understanding in this is by knowing God. How do you come to know God? Through love.

It’s a full circle. The more intimately you know God through His love, the more you will love others and through your love of them, they will be transformed. This is the whole point of the gospel. It’s not by works or by how often you attend church (though it is important). It’s love; by it’s transformative power and glory.

Let’s do some investigation in the Word about this:

“If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophesy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.”

If you don’t know the story of the Apostle Paul, I’ll give you a bit of background to show just how powerful love really is.

Beginning in Acts chapter 8, it talks about a man named Saul. Saul, who later became Paul was one of the most hateful and judgmental individuals during that time. He was killing and torturing people who proclaimed the name of Jesus. While he was on his way to Damascus to bring men and women back with him (to Jerusalem) as prisoners, God encountered him.

“As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?'”

Instead of striking him down at that very moment for his sins, God asked him a question. How many of us know that God already knew the answer to that question? But, He asked him anyway. Why? To keep his attention. God knew that Saul would not respond to Him if He approached him any other way because Saul was a man of intellect (as many of us are) who needed an explanation for things he didn’t understand (which was the reason why he was persecuting the Christians in the first place). So God asked Saul a question knowing it would make him stop and think.

That’s love.

God loved him enough to allow him to stop and think. And that’s how we should love others. Instead of disgracing them for sinning, we should give them the chance to stop and think. And the way we do that is by loving them.

Let me give you a real life example of this: I know someone who is currently separated from their spouse. It’s been quite some time by now and most of their family and friends have pegged the “guilty” spouse as the enemy. They have written them off as a terrible person, a user, a person who doesn’t deserve this “innocent” spouse. But somewhere along the way, God got a hold of this “innocent” spouse and showed them the flaws they didn’t believe they had within themselves. He showed them the ways that they were not loving the “guilty” spouse during the times that person needed to see Jesus in them the most. He showed them, out of love, how they needed to change. And they did.

As a result, they don’t look at the “guilty” spouse as the enemy anymore. They see them the way God sees them and that changed their life. So, the “innocent” spouse is no longer focused on “one-upping” or “looking more together” than the “guilty” spouse. The “innocent” spouses’ goal is to reflect Jesus; in love towards their spouse so that Jesus can grab hold of their “guilty” spouses’ heart and transform it through that love.

That’s how Saul was changed. And that’s why it’s so important to show that kind of love to everyone you encounter, all the time. Dan Mohler explains the importance of being rock solid in this type of love, the type of love you were created for in the video below. Please take a moment and watch it. The Father only wants you to live up to your fullest potential in Him.

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