What Matters Most

“The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

(Galatians 5:14)

The whole law?  Did this verse say the WHOLE law is summed up by how we love others?  It makes sense considering God is love (1 John 4:8), so we can safely say that the most important thing he can show us is how to love.  More than anything, God wants his followers to be known for their love.  Our greatest witness to the world is our love for one another (John 13:35).  The relationships that we cultivate are far more important than the objects we acquire.  In fact, we will be evaluated by the love we give to others (Matthew 25:34-46).

But how do we best love others?  The answer is time and action.  Time is our most valuable gift.  Invested wisely, we can give our time nurturing and caring for others.  Along with time is action.  It is not enough to say we love those around us.  Our actions must match what we profess.

“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

(1 John 3:18)

Ultimately, love means sacrifice.  It may mean giving up my time, comfort, or preferences.  As with most good things though, the reward far outweighs the investment.

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