An Excellent Idea
by Noah Hefley
August 22, 2020
I read about a little 8 year old boy who was not yettoo impressed with girls. His mother, Patricia Haan, was sure of that for she overheard a little girl tell him, “We’re going to get married as soon as we finish High School.” Her son answered quickly, “Then I’m notgoing to High School.” (You have to laugh at that kid!)
This story, though funny, does serve to remind us that some people will go out of their way to avoid love. But, in truth, we are to go out of our way to have positive relationships with one another and to show God’s love to one another. Scripture is clear: Love is the way we are to live. In fact, the Apostle Paul calls it “the most excellent way” (1 Corinthians 12:31). And not just here… Indeed, all of scripture commends, even commands love. For example—
- “Love the Lord your God…and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).
- “The fruit of the Spirit is love… (Galatians 5:22).
- “The goal of our instruction is love” (1 Timothy 1:5 NASV)
- “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love” (Galatians 5:6).
- “And he has given us this command: whoever loves God must also love his brother” (1 John 4:21).
God made the rose to present beauty & aroma. The sun to give light & warmth. The rain to bring refreshment. But human beings were designed to love one another. Love is the way we were meant to live. That’s why Paul calls it “the most excellent way.” At the very least, you would have to admit that Paul offers us an excellent idea as a pattern for life. Here’s why—
You never have to worry about whether love is the right thing to do or whether love will work. According to scripture—it always works.
“Love never fails” (13:8). It’s always helpful…always desirable…always practical in a positive way.
So let us never forget the words of our Lord in the upper room on His final night before Golgotha: “A new command I give you: Love one another” (John 13:34).
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