The concept of love transcends time, culture and geographical location. Love can calm the greatest storms in life, bring joy to those in mourning, and not to mention cover a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). I believe love is oxygen for the soul.
This concept is something that I’ve been processing for awhile now, so much so that it will be the focus of my next book. Why? Because I believe love is one of the greatest forces the world has ever seen. The greatest example of it? Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for the sake of those who didn’t deserve an ounce of it.
Love is powerful. Love is contagious. Love is Jesus.
“But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”—1 John 4:8
Jesus is by far the truest definition of love itself. And while many people choose to withhold this vibrant force from others, our calling as Christ followers is to showcase it regardless of the circumstances. All throughout scripture we find Jesus and his discipleships showcasing love to people who others saw as unworthy. This truth paints such a beautiful picture of who Jesus really is, and what his mission was throughout his years of earthly ministry. We’re called to reflect this image on a daily basis. A life without love is a life without Jesus himself.
God created us in his image, which means the force of love lives within us, fuels our souls, and continuously transforms us from the inside out. We are image bearers of God. We are called to be image bearers of love.
I truly believe that the more people would choose to showcase love to one another, the better a place this world would truly become. The Gospel of Jesus is found within the interlinings of love. Why? Because Jesus himself is love in action. It’s the fabric of his being.
A life without love is a life wasted. And anything not founded on the basis of love is something that does not know the truth of Jesus.
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”—1 Corinthians 13:1-4
Without love we are meaningless. Without love we are without Jesus.
We must understand that The Gospel without love isn’t truly The Gospel at all. Jesus himself is the image we must seek to reflect, and our mission is to love because he first loved us.
The world needs more Jesus. The world needs more love. The two cannot exist without one another.
Jesus is the hope of the world.