Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Only Thing That Counts


I think we've all heard that saying, 'love covers a multitude of sin.'  I personally have not always lived that out in regards to the people in my life.  I mean I haven't always extended love when I've been offended or hurt by others.  Yet,  I believe that love is one of the most powerful emotions we humans possess.

When I'm willing to extend love to those in and out of my circle, I'm better for it because showing love is the only thing that counts.  

You may be thinking--that's a pretty bold statement.  Actually, I can't take credit for it.  Paul the apostle said it first in Galatians 5:6.  
  
For in Christ Jesus 
neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. 
The only thing that counts 
is faith expressing itself through love.

True faith works itself out in our lives through love.  In other words, faith will always be accompanied by love.   We are saved by faith not works, but faith is more than a conviction, as if a Christian could do as he pleases in regards to others so long as he feels his personal beliefs line up with those in his circle.    

It's through Christ example and most of all His great sacrifice that we see this love in action.  Our faith is truly worked out in our lives by a sincere and sacrificial love for other.  

To keep us from becoming too legalistic and self-centered, we need to learn to express our faith through acts of love and be mindful of this; faith in God should never be “indifferent” towards people.

Romans 14:1 says it like this...Now receive the one who is weak in the faith, and do not have disputes over differing opinions.  

We may not always agree with each other about things in this world, but in showing love, we must all agree that it's the only thing that matters.   






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