“The greatest of these is love.” The greatest calling of the body of Christ is love. If we could get everything else “right” but leave out love, we’d be off base. Love is active surrender to and obedience to Christ as Lord, even when we want to do otherwise, not passive adherence to an organization, to a program, or to religious beliefs. Religion often tries to use outward order, tradition, and programs, as an attempt to hide inner chaos.
The good news of the Kingdom of God is an invitation to be directly ruled by God, to let the King of Kings actively lead you. “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” means “realign your thoughts and your lifestyle to obey and follow the living Jesus.”
If you follow Christ, He will often lead you to do loving and noble things that you don’t particularly want to do. Do them and then preach the story of what the risen Jesus has done in your life. God wants Christians not just to preach Jesus in history, but also to preach about what He has done to heal and change your life. You need an outlet to share what you have experienced and learned about Jesus. Since church seldom provides that, social media is a good place to start.
For better or for worse, words impact your mind and emotions, yet people tend to consume and use words with no caution or discernment at all.
Meanness and rudeness have been made very loud in our culture. It’s time to make kindness and love even louder! More and more people seem to be using words as weapons rather than as communication tools. When media is covered with trash talk it takes work not to step in it and get it all over yourself. So many people are using negative, mean, or hurtful words, it takes a whole lot of effort to avoid hearing or seeing them. Profanity is a form of rudeness, unkindness, and disrespect.
For a practical handbook on love, check out my new book: Off the RACE Track–From Color Blind to Color Kind.