1 Corinthians 16:13-14
“Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.” (NLT)
It’s been a difficult week.
In addition to whatever happened in your personal life, we hear about walls being built and political protests in the streets. Then on Sunday evening here in Canada, 6 Muslims were shot and killed in a mosque while praying. Many more were injured.
All of this uncertainty can put us ill at ease. What’s happening? What is going to happen?
Personally, I feel that the best way to respond to those questions is to think about this one:
Am I going to be a part of the problem, or a part of the solution?
I think that if you’re going to be a part of the solution you are always going to be moving toward love.
That said, “love” is a tricky word to nail down. What does it mean, exactly?
When you study the biblical stories, what you find is that love means more than having warm and fuzzy feelings. Love is connected to loyalty. So if you “love” God you are loyal to God. And if you “love” other people, you are loyal to them. That doesn’t mean that you agree with everything in their lives. But it does mean that you acknowledge you are connected to them as fellow image-bearers of God and want the best for them.
Not the worst.
So as you think about your conversations, habits, posts, and priorities, are you moving toward love? If so, what you say and do will show evidence of your loyalty to God and your concern for other people, no matter who they are.
Be moving toward love, toward loyalty.
Today, the final word is with English Bible scholar N.T. Wright: “All prayer stands with arms outstretched, one to embrace the loving God, the other to embrace the needy world.”
By Matthew Ruttan