Big Rocks for Strong Christ-Followers
Today’s Big Rock: Doing Everything in Love – Part III
Scripture Foundation: 1 Corinthians 16:14
And do everything with love.
Today we look at the very practical and Biblical definition of the love that God wants us to have and practice in our daily lives.
We find the clearest scriptural definition in 1 John 5:2-3:
This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.
Let me highlight three important aspects of these two verses.
First, we can only love others as God wants us to by staying in His love.
Second, we can only stay in His love by learning what His commands are and obeying them.
Third, His commands are easy enough to obey for anyone who chooses to do so.
When Jesus came to earth, part of His mission was to help us understand the commands of God. Jesus said very early in His ministry here on earth:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5:17)
The Scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’s day kept the Jewish law and its commandments better than anyone else.
Jesus went on to say:
“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5: 20)
This can be very confusing. What did Jesus mean by saying that He fulfills the law rather than destroys it?
We find the answer from the Prophet Jeremiah:
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33)
In other words, those who believe in Jesus and follow Him will know how to please God because God puts His Spirit in them.
Father, help me to trust You more and more. Open my eyes to the truths You want me to know and follow. I ask this in Jesus’s name, amen.