I can’t tell you how many times I have attempted at writing my FIRST BLOG. Probably because I put so much pressure on myself. It was as if I wanted it to be THE BEST, or at least good enough for people to want to read. All that came out of my “high pressure” writing sessions were about three lines that could easily be seen as fabricated wisdom and scripted originality. Those two things aren’t worth the time writing nor reading.
To be honest, I almost jumped in to that same style, figuring out what to title this post as. Which is why you see a 4 lettered word with a period. I was going for simplicity. I say that because I want you to appreciate me not wasting your time by rambling on… As I ramble on about not wanting to ramble…
Love produces life. I was reading in 1 John today (a book in the BIble kind of towards the end). In it, I found an interesting statement. In chapter three of 1 John and verse 14, the author talks about a man who does not love. He said “he who does not love abides (is kept continually) in death.
Now, I always like to take a positive approach at things and that’s what I did with this passage. Since death is the product of the lack of love, it stands to reason that love produces life.
There is a very popular passage in the Bible that is says “for God so LOVED the world that He gave is only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish (die) but have everlasting LIFE. (John 3:16- caps mine)
Out of love, life is produced. In the passage above we see that God LOVED. Who did He love? Us. The world. What was the product? God giving His Son to bring us LIFE.
Jesus couldn’t just come in to the world and not do anything. He was God’s gift of love. Looking at the life of Christ, that’s what He did. Jesus loved. The greatest act of love was Jesus giving His life for us. Jesus lived a sinless life, died on a cross and was raised back to life three days later. There are several interesting characteristics of Jesus, but the one that is the greatest is His love for us.
The product of the greatest act of love was life. The cost of that product was death. It cost Jesus His life to give us life.
If you want to produce life in others, you must die to yourself. How? First let’s look at the opposite of love… Selfishness. Selfishness is the enemy of love. Living a SELFLESS life is a life that produces true life. We are to lay down our own lives. Not how Jesus did on the cross, but with our daily choices. Jesus esteemed us greater than Himself. He put us first. As you put others first. Life will be produced.
CHALLENGE: Love people more than yourself. Put them first. Do it to someone who hasn’t done anything to “deserve” it.
Scripture: 1 John 3:16
By this we come to know love: That He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for others.