We are already 8 days into 2015 and I finally feel like I know what God has laid on my heart for this year. Each year I seek one word to live out, to seek, to try to do well. It usually ends up less than I expected but more than I hoped for. (If that makes any sense at all).
When asked what the greatest commandment was Jesus did not hesitate. He did not think about it. Love. The greatest commandment is to love God and love others. "All the Law and the Prophets hand on these two commandments," he explained in Matthew 22:40.
As in the past I start of thinking I already got this word nailed. I, of course, would like to think I am good at love. Love is easy. But then I look to God's description of love and I know I fall short.
Just take a look at the checklist given to us in the oft quoted "love" chapter, 1Corinthians 13. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."
Ooftah! Patient and not self-seeking. Calm and forgetting those wrongs. This is going to be a lot of work. Work well worth the doing.
Here's praying that a year of working on love will produce fruit and growth in so many other areas as well.
"He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I shall come forth as gold." Job 32:10