Some time ago, I was reading an article about the benefit of organic choices. One thing it said was, “If you are going to make only one change, start with milk – organic milk.” So I did. That is the one organic product I fairly consistently purchase with my groceries.
I was thinking recently about what one change a believer could make that would have the greatest impact. I’m sure others would have different answers but I offer this one…Love.
The two great commandments are basically love God and love others You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 22:37-39
Christ sums up all the commandments with these two – when all is said and done the law boils down to these two commandments.
- #1 Love God
- #2 Love neighbors
(According to the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 – our neighbor could be anyone – not just people we know or those living in our neighborhood. Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.” Luke 10:36-37)
God commands us to love other believers A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34 Love the brotherhood. 1 Peter 2:17
- #3 Love the brethren
Jesus goes even further – love your enemies! But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44
- #4 Love your enemy
In God’s book (literally) love is right up at the top of His list.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Love is woven throughout the message of the entire Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, page after page. It’s there, in attitude, action, and word…LOVE.
What marks the life of a believer more than anything else? LOVE. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8
Love for God. Love for others. Love for the brethren. Love for enemies. Love is God’s thumbprint. As His redeemed ones, His love is to be evident in and through our entire lives.
If you are going to make one change in your life… let it be love.
Diane Hunt serves part-time on the staff of America’s Keswick providing ministry support from her home in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.