As a person approaches death, facing their final 30 days, they usually turn towards those they love. Most people don’t ask to work extra hours, or even take one more trip. They certainly don’t wish for more TV or screen time. They ask to see their loved ones. They even reach out to relatives and friends they haven’t talked to in years. Dying people try to mend broken relationships with their last breaths. Look at this verse:
Let love be your highest goal! – 1 Corinthians 14:1
As people face their last thirty days it all suddenly becomes crystal clear. Like the morning sun breaking through a cloud bank, they see for the maybe the first time, what’s most important…LOVE. Why wait? If love is the highest goal, the most important thing, we should love now.
Another reason we should we love like we’re dying is because love is one of the few things in this world that actually is eternal.
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13
Of these few eternal things, love is the greatest. Faith in the living God will be carried into the next life. Hope in the eternal bliss of heaven carries us through our last 30 days to live but the one thing we can aspire to that is the greatest is love. Poets have mused about it, song-writers have sang its praises but how many people truly understand love. To begin to understand why we should love, we must start by understanding that love is eternal.
Jesus thought it was so important to love that He made it a commandment.
This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. – John 15:12
Jesus commands us to give that same kind of unchanging, self-sacrificing love He gave us to others. We CAN love like Him or He wouldn’t command us to. He’s not a cruel prankster, giving His followers a command that He won’t give them the ability to carry out. No. We can love like Jesus because He lives in us by His Spirit.
Today, love someone the way Christ loved you. Looking past the sin, their harshness, even their rejection of the gospel to love them. If you do, you’ll be a little close to Christ then when you started the day.
Lord help me to love as you have loved me, not looking at people’s faults and sins but at their potential. Father I choose to forgive them for how they have hurt me because you forgave me all the times I’ve hurt you. Fill me with your love right now that I my love as you do.
Thoughts for Today:
- Do I show the love of Christ on a daily basis to people I’m around?
- if love were the only measurement of Christianity would my neighbors know I’m a Christian?
- Do a random act of kindness to someone today to show God’s love.