“Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law.”
Romans 13:8 NLT
In our educational systems, there are subjects that are essential for us to pass before we are able to go to the next level. In fact, we can call them the epicenter of the educational system. Examples are Mathematics and English. It doesn’t matter how high your scores are in other subjects, if you fail these two, you are going nowhere.
In the same vein, love is at the epicenter of the Christian faith. If you excel in other aspects of your devotion but fail in the devotion of love, it’s all a waste. You can be so prayerful, generous and full of power, yet be lacking in your love walk. Hence, why it is important and necessary to discuss the subject of love over again.
Apostle Paul explained this well in 1 Corinthians 13:1-3:
“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” (NLT)
As a believer, your love walk is an obligation, it’s not an option. Your love must be proactive because it is your nature; your default setting in Christ.
Your love walk must be seen in your preaching of the gospel to the lost (John 21:15-17), in how you forgive those who hurt you (Ephesians 4:32) and in how you support your fellow believers.
This is very important for us to learn in the body of Christ. Don’t just profess love to your brethren without acting it out. In Nigerian parlance; I love you is not by mouth.
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Galatians 6:10 KJV
Seek to always do good to your brothers and sisters in the Lord. And for you to be able to do this, you must seek to know them first. Don’t isolate yourself, meet people in church.
When a brethren has a need, don’t just pray about it, give towards it. When a church member starts a business, don’t just share on your social media, patronize them. If you are in the position to provide jobs for people, look for the qualified in the church and give them the opportunity (James 2:14-16).
Let the brethren feel your warmth. As you pray for people, also seek to be an answer to their prayers. Love and support one another.
DO THIS: In the spirit of love, let’s remember to pray for Nigeria today. Pray that she will indeed be independent of unrest, economic instability and other forms of insecurity.
Bible Reading Plan:
John 1:35-42, James 2:1-13, Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, Jeremiah 7-9