Keeping love “the greatest”

“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.

Advertisements

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s