TEXT: Matthew 22:34-40
We live in desperate times, like the days Jesus lived among men. Things were as chaotic as they are today… Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was. His answer was Love! Love for God and humanity
What is Love?
Love is the perception, recognition, acceptance and celebration of potential value in a person or thing and it compels our disposition towards the person or thing. God saw these potentials in us… (Romans 5:8) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. God’s love and His desire to solve man’s sin problem and by extension other sin issues, is at the very core of the Christian faith. He knew we could do better at loving Him and our fellow human beings.
Love is classified into 4 types known as:
- Storge love: Empathy, bond for Family
- Philia: Friendship bond
- Eros: Erotic bond and
- Agape: Unconditional love or charity
2 John 1:4-6 and 9-10 teaches us that our major assignment as Christians is to love people and solve their problems, after all that’s what God has been doing since he created man. Heaven is problem free, where you have no worries for the rest of your days (Act 10:38). How much love do we have in the church (people in the church, because it looks like we are worse than the Pharisees) of Christ today? How much of God do we have in the church today? What’s the quantum of love left in the church? That is you and I?
Anytime love is preached in church, we focus more on the Erotic love. However, it’s Agape love – the summation of them all – that’s needed. We need to rethink our love as the body of Christ. In John 3:16: Motivated by love, God gave his son to solve our sin problem. If Jesus didn’t love us enough, He would have forgotten His purpose here on earth. If our culture as a church is not founded on love, it will lead us away from God into sin. It will seek to propagate itself instead of God’s plans and purposes.
In Act 4: 32-35, a prototype of what’s expected of the church today was recorded. Check out the early church. Culture destroyed selfishness because the language changed to “us” instead of “I”. Ananias and Sapphira didn’t understand it. The proof of love is giving (action). Love is deliberate at seeking what’s missing in people’s lives and fixing it. Love identifies needs and seeks to meet them. Love takes care of lack in people’s lives.
Problems increase and multiply where love is lacking in any society. You see so much of this around us today. Love does not seek its own. Love is not selfish it is selfless! Love is not something to just talk about, it is in deeds and actions not just talk or words. God’s love is colour blind, every human being irrespective of colour, race, gender, religion, education, tribe or ethnic group is God’s beloved (Gen 1:27).
You are an extension of God therefore you are love. You are love personified. In a community where you find love, they cannot tolerate pain, lack, poverty etc and God’s power is available to them. I am not interested in a Christianity that is lacking in love, the very foundation of the faith. The early church demonstrated true love.
Love is liberal, cannot be stingy. There is very little peace in a selfish and stingy heart, man, woman. Love for yourself and your family counts too. It will keep you away from drunkenness or riotous living and will influence you to use the footbridge instead of darting across the deadly highway