To have LOVE, I must know LOVE. And God IS LOVE (I John 4:8). Therefore, I must KNOW God to LOVE like Him. I thought I KNEW all of this! It seems that my spiritual Drawing Board just got erased and I am on Ground Zero and need a super-charged revelation about Godâ€™s LOVEâ€”again.
Super-talented, amazingly gifted, dazzle-your-socks-off performances, without first investing our hearts into Godâ€™s heart and caring about what He says to care about, counts for nothing. What a waste of time, energy, and personal resources. From Godâ€™s perspective, performance-based giving has no return on our investment because it was not given out of a First Love relationship with Him.
The â€œAlign-Abide-Agreeâ€ strategy helps us discover the vital link between knowing and acting in the kind of love that I Corinthians 13 describes.
- Align with Godâ€“who is Loveâ€“through reverent submission to and passion for Jesus, his beloved Son. Not my will but Yours be done God.
- Abide with Jesus who intimately loves us. Get to know His heart for you and for others.
- Agree with God who requires us to know his love more than any other eternal attribute. Above even our faith and our hope, the greatest of these is LOVE.
I Corinthians 13:1-3 (NLT):Â If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didnâ€™t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2Â If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of Godâ€™s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didnâ€™t love others, I would be nothing. 3Â If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didnâ€™t love others, I would have gained nothing.
Character Qualities that Tell Me if I Know Him and Have His Love (or Not)
4Â Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5Â or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6Â It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7Â Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.