I can look back on my life and see many good deeds. I can look at my current faith journey and see Hope and Faith. It wasn’t that long ago that I learned it has all meant nothing. I was still missing the most important part.
I always thought of the Bible as a How-To book. The Ten Commandments is a good example of what you can and cannot do. God’s law is well documented and very often talked about in sermons. A couple of years ago I learned what I had been missing, the one element I needed, to be all in, in my faith journey.
The missing element was Love. We can do all the right things but without Love they are just acts without meaning.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV)
1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
We cannot just say we Love people, say we Love our God or say we Love our Church. We must have Agape or Unconditional Love. Agape Love is not something you do, it is something that is a part of you. It is embedded deep inside you. It shows in all you do and in all you say.
It is easy to fill yourself with knowledge, to do good deeds. We can be faithful to God and do all that he asks. But, without Love, Agape Love, we are still empty. Our hearts must be true to God and full of Love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Jesus showed us, Agape Love. He lived a life of serving our Father and sacrificing for our Father. As disciples, we strive to be more like Jesus. Unconditional Love is easier said then done. God showed us his unconditional Love for us when he sent Jesus and then allowed him to be crucified.
John 3:16 (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
We must do for God as he has done for us, we must show him, unconditional Love. We can do good deeds, we can show our faith and we can say we love our God but without true Agape or unconditional Love that is embedded in our souls, they are just acts without meaning.
Let us all open our hearts and let God’s love for us, fill us, and let us show our Agape Love to all.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.