“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” – I Corinthians 13:2
One of the simplest lessons we learn as children is reflected also in one of the earliest songs we learn as children, Jesus Loves Me.
So many move on from this most basic lesson to then study further, and learn more sophisticated and complicated doctrines. People get Master’s degrees and PhD’s in theology. They debate and argue over things that most people don’t even know how to define: transubstantiation, baptismal regeneration, complementarianism, egalitarianism, and on and on.
And yet, in all my years of following Jesus, I cannot find a simpler and yet more profound and in depth study, than the study of his love. Its not that I am against the other things, but I want to be the kind of person that gets a PhD in love, and gets a bunch of minors in the other stuff.
Its love that opens up the door of heaven for a relationship with God. It’s love that changes the human heart and receives the miracle of the sacrifice of Jesus. Its love that lays aside all sin and moves on toward holiness. Its love that forgives others and paves the way for healing and restoration in all of our relationships. Its love that goes out of its way to find those in need of love. Its love that impresses the hearts of men once darkened and draws them to Jesus himself.
Love is the light that lights the way.
In all you do, do you best today to pursue love.