MOTIVATION TO LOVE - LUKE 7:47
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Today's texts are Luke 7:47, Prov.10:12 and 1 Corinthians ch. 13. Sorry I've been away for so long. Busy, busy, busy, which isn't good. I keep thinking about Mary's sister Martha who chose not to sit at the Lord's feet because of her many (though very necessary) chores.
And so I've been thinking. My waiting room wall displays a pictorial chart of 1 Corinthians ch. 13. It shows Noah building his ark and then different animals acting out love's manifold character in various scenarios. A brilliant object lesson, and many people comment on it. But what about the motivators for this love and its connection to understanding? Consider the following statements and keep chewing the cud...
Love without understanding is blind.
Understanding without love is legalistic.
The right kind of understanding generates the right kind of love.
Jesus once said, "To whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." (Luke 7:47)
"Hate stirs up strife, but love covers a multitude of sins." (Proverbs 10:12, 1 Cor.13:4-6)
Even among Christians this may be worth pondering... Are you aware of how much you have been forgiven by God (that is, IF you have been forgiven and know it)? What motivates you to love others?
Have a lovely and loving day,