The goal of our instruction is…love

In 1 Timothy 1:5, Paul writes, “The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.”

In other words, everything Paul taught was to bring home the point that love is the point. The only point.

He made it clear in 1 Corinthians 13 that without love, everything is essentially useless and has no meaning.

Love transcends race, color, creed, denomination, politics, language, customs, and beliefs.

It doesn’t matter what you believe, you can love someone who doesn’t agree. The key is denying self. To stop caring about being right and see others through the lens of love, grace, and mercy.

To see others just as God sees them.

I don’t care if you chalk up everything I write as complete and utter garbage. I still love you. Nothing can change that.

Yesterday, I caught myself looking and making assumptions about someone with a snap-judgement, first impression mentality. I immediately repented (changed my thinking) and began to see them just as God does.

It was awesome.

In the past, I would never have thought twice about it. Now I understand it’s wrong. If Jesus had that same mindset about us as we do about others, there would be no story about a man dying on a cross over 2,000 years ago.

The world is a mess, but here’s a little bit of truth that should change your entire outlook on life.

Nothing can change how we love people.

No matter where I am, I can love others.

At the end of the day, it’s not about how many arguments we win or how many times we were right. It’s all about how we loved our neighbor.

I don’t want to be right. I want to be love.

 

 

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