Day 13 Love is the new command
The Father is love and so His daughters are made from love and must be love just like the Father. Everything we do must be out of love and this is because that’s where we are from and that is who we are.
In Matthew 22:36-40, one of the Pharisees asked Jesus what the greatest command was and “Jesus said to him ‘You shall the love 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 the Law and the Prophets.” (NKJV).
I like the Passion translation which says Jesus answered him, “‘Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, and with every thought that is within you.’ This is the great and supreme commandment. And the second is like it in importance: ‘You must love your friend in the same way you love yourself.’ Contained within these commandments to love you will find all the meaning of the Law and the Prophets.” (TPT)
The Message version also says Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” (MSG)
Love is more important than even the gifts of the spirit. The Bible in 1 Corinthians 13 1-3 says “If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” (MSG)
Then it goes on to describe love in verses 4-11. I like the Passion translation “Love is large and incredibly patient. Love is gentle and consistently kind to all. It refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to someone else. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritate or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up.
Love never stops loving. It extends beyond the gift of prophecy, which eventually fades away. It is more enduring than tongues, which will one day fall silent. Love remains long after words of knowledge are forgotten. Our present knowledge and our prophecies are but partial, but when love’s perfection arrives, the partial will fade away. When I was a child, I spoke about childish matters, for I saw things like a child and reasoned like a child. But the day came when I matured, and I set aside my childish ways.”
Verse 13 in the Passion Translation says “Until then, there are three things that remain: faith, hope, and love—yet love surpasses them all. So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run.”
The Message translation of Verse 13 says “But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”
It is so clear that The Father wants us to love. The Father wouldn’t ask us to do something He hasn’t already done. We are to live by His example. John 3: 16-18 says “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”
Love is the thing that is missing from the world. If we did everything through the lens of love, the world will become a better place.
We must also realise that the worlds view of love is twisted. Love is not seeing someone live a life of sin and allowing them to continue so that you won’t hurt their feelings. The Bible in 1Corinthians 13 : 6 says Love “finds no delight in wrong”. In the same way we ought not to go around condemning people. The Bible in John 3:36 says “God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it”.
Our job is to tell people the good news, that Jesus has paid the price for the sin and they no longer need to live in sin, because they have a helper.
In all of this, we are not just to love those that we love, or those that mean so much to us, but we are to love everyone including those that we consider our enemies. Yes, we are to love our enemies. Unfortunately, many of us, have been taught to hate our enemies or wish them bad. We forget that we only have one enemy which is the devil. The people we are focusing on are only being manipulated by him. We are to emulate our Father Jesus who prayed for His enemies when He was dying on the cross. He prayed in Luke 23:34 “Father, forgive them; they don’t know not what they are doing.”
Jesus says “Your ancestors have also been taught ‘Love your neighbors and hate the one who hates you.’ However, I say to you, love your enemy, bless the one who curses you, do something wonderful for the one who hates you and respond to the very ones who persecute you by praying for them. For that will reveal your identity as children of your heavenly Father. He is kind to all by bringing the sunrise to warm and rainfall to refresh whether a person does what is good or evil. What reward do you deserve if you only love the loveable? Don’t even the tax collectors do that? How are you any different from others if you limit your kindness only to your friends? Don’t even the ungodly do that? Since you are children of a perfect Father in heaven, you are to be perfect like him.” – Matthew 5:43-48 (The Passion Translation).
This is not so easy. Last year, someone called me and said some really hurtful things to me about my book. This was someone older than me and so I could not respond to the person. I could only listen on the phone and at the end all I said was thank you. Everything in me wanted to curse this person. It was also at a time when I was under a lot of pressure with a project I was working on so I know the devil used the person to try to frustrate me. I was so angry. No one had ever said anything that hurtful to me. I cried out to God to vindicate me. The pain was so real. Not too long after it was the persons birthday. What did I do? I ordered the person a birthday cake and sent to the person. It was not easy for me to do but I decided to channel all the anger towards doing something positive with an act o flove. I know I should pray for the person and I try to when I can. It’s not easy but it is something I have to keep working on. I could curse the person or wish the person bad but would I be doing what Jesus has asked me to do? Absolutely not. I would be exactly like the person if I do so. I can only pray for mercy for the person because clearly the person doesn’t know that it is not me but God they spoke to because I was only carrying out Gods instructions by writing the book. God also doesn’t want anyone to perish. Does this mean I have to be around the person and let the person keep saying hurtful things? Absolutely not. I avoid the person as much as I can even though the person is someone that I would still have to see from time to time. So only when I happen to be in the same place then I greet the person. The important thing is my heart condition. I can’t allow unforgiveness to fester. There is a quote that says ‘unforgiveness is like drinking poison and wishing the other person dies’. I can’t allow this person to hurt me again and take my happiness by living in unforgiveness. If I don’t forgive, then it affects my heart condition and before you know it I would have a hardened heart which is one of the worst sins.
Finally, in the Kingdom of God, there is no competition. God is a God of collaboration and not competition. We are all the Father’s Daughters and we are bound in love and we must love and support each other. We also must not be jealous of another person. I don’t have biological sister, but I believe biological sisters shouldn’t be jealous of each other. We must celebrate each other and love each other. We are on the same team.
- Are you ‘Love’?
- In the definition of love, which area are you lacking in and need the Holy Spirit to help you?
- Spend 40 minutes with the Father today
- Ask the Father to search you heart and show you where you are still lacking in the area of love. Read the definition of love again in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-9.
- Tell Him to help you love like He does.
- Tell Him to teach you to love like Him.
- Write a letter to Him in your journal. You can start with “Dear Daddy, Dear Father etc.
- Read John chapter 13
- What is God saying to you? (write any thoughts that come to you in your journal)
- What do you say to God? (write this in your journal)
The Father’s Daughter’s thoughts: In today’s Bible reading, Jesus washed His disciple’s feet. Then He said to the disciples in verses 12-17……. So if I, the Master and Teacher, washed your feet, you must now wash each others feet. I’ve laid down a pattern for you. What I’ve done, you do. I’m only pointing out the obvious, ……If you understand what I’m telling you, act like it live a blessed life.” Social Media sometimes can make you envious of another persons accomplishments especially when the person is your competitor. Jesus has asked us to ‘wash each others feet’. Is there someone that you have been secretly hating on or jealous of or is there someone that is considered your enemy? Why don’t you show the person love today? Show an act of love. Ask God to show you who and what to do.
- Listen to “This Love” by Housefires II
- Listen to You’re Beautiful by Jeremy Riddle
- Worship God in your unique way. Feel free to dance, paint, write a poem, sing
Declaration: I am a child of a perfect Father. I am perfect like Him. I am love and I love like Him.