Love: The Key To True Christianity
John 3:16 says; “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…”
Love is the solid foundation for Christianity. Love is also the foundation of the ministry of Jesus Christ. Under the old covenant, God gave His people, the Israelite, Ten Commandments to live by (Exodus 20: 1-17). In Mathew 22:36-40, Jesus Christ was asked for the greatest commandment in the law. He answered by saying; “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Love is so significant to our day to day living on earth that Jesus Christ had to summarize the Ten Commandments into two; Love the Lord your God and love your neighbor as yourself. Basically, Jesus was saying; if we observe God’s commandment of love, we will automatically be fulfilling all the other commandments. Similarly, if one violates the law of love, no matter how spiritual such a person claims to be, he is violating God’s commandments. A man that loves God will put God first, worship only God and not use His name in vain. A man that loves his neighbor will not steal from his neighbor, lie against his neighbor, nor do all the other things that affect other people negatively.
John 13:34-35 – “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
God has given us a new commandment. It is the commandment to love. When Jesus gave the commandment to love, He meant that we should love others with the God-kind of love. A selfless-kind of love that has the power to transform our lives.
According to 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; a true disciple of Christ is not known by how much of the bible they have memorized, or how active they are in church. He is not known by how many spiritual gifts he possesses or how much money he gives to God’s work. A true disciple of Christ is known by how much love he expressed to others -“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another”. John 13:35
Dear friend, God’s law of Love is not a suggestion or an idea. It is a commandment that must be obeyed and acted upon. It is an action word. Regardless of how we feel, we must walk in love, because walking in love is the key to true Christianity. Love God with all our being, and love our neighbor as ourselves.