“For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” (Galatians 5:6/KJV).
Here is another verse that shows how central love is to Christian living. It is not outward ceremony that really counts in God’s eyes.
We have learned that we are justified by faith. (Romans 1:16). In the above verse Paul says that true faith will bring forth loving attitudes and behaviour.
For considerable time now, since spring 2017, on this blog, I have been studying aspects of Christian love as described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. During the last three years many have decided to follow this blog. Thus I can conclude that there are people interested in aspects of love.
Suppose some read 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 and get overwhelmed by these standards. They might begin to feel: Oh no, it is impossible for me to apply all this in day to day living.
Some may say, we are now living on this earth and therefore are governed by certain rules of this earth. Love as described by the apostle cannot be attained unto. This is reserved to heaven.
People who argue that way may have some reason to doing so. Yet still it is obvious that in the New Testament, practical love is described as essential to Christian living.
In the above verse we learn that God is looking for “faith which worketh by love”. Jesus himself taught that the commandments to love God and to love our neighbours were the greatest among all of God’s commandments.
Therefore I conclude it would be wrong to say: These standards are too high, so better keep away from them. I feel, obviously it has been God’s intention that we should consider his commandments and these standards of love.
Recently I have been publishing several posts on ‘hope’. A hoping person would not lightly shrink away from what seems to be demanding or impossible. Hope would consider desirable prospects. Treading a path step by step will lead you closer to great goals.
If you have decided to love some other person, you may feel confident that you can find ways to express this love. Love and hope will find ways and encourage and to lift some other person.
On this path you can also contemplate these challenges in prayer to God. You can ask God’s forgiveness for any hardness of heart. You may experience God strengthening you, as you seek to obey Him and as you try to support others in their difficulties.