Without Love I am Nothing

…I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. I Corinthians 13:2b

In this society Valentine’s day, the illumination of romantic love, is the highlight of February. On this day people give cards, flowers, dinner or costly gifts like furs and diamonds. However, for some people it never seems as if it is enough; nothing seems to matter. Have you ever wondered why, or why some people are consistently arrogant, rude, irritable, resentful, insist on their own way or rejoice at wrongdoing? Such attitudes and behaviors often leave people wondering if they should stay in a certain relationship, ever enter into another relationship again or say “I’m just going to look out for me”. But a feeling that without love, I am nothing seems to linger; it is innate.  Human relationship was established by God. It is not necessarily romantic but it is involvement.  Just as God assures He” will never leave or forsake” us Deut 31:6, we must be there for others. From the very beginning God created male and female because it is not good to be alone in this world. The word of the Lord reveals we, made in the image of God, who is love, need help from one another.  Gen. 2:18 This love, the love that has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit is both intentional and purposeful.

     Surely, Jesus had this in mind when he commanded us to love one another just as he loves us.  Jn.13:34 People need God’s kind of love when the mind is tormented with anger, depression, grief, guilt or shame. Who will help when the body is abused, the heart is broken, strength is failing, food is scarce or the sins of another is causing one to perish?  You and I, made in the image of the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, are called to get involved, comfort those in any trouble. Jesus emphasizes that everyone needs to know who we are, what we are like, because people need to know love Jn.13:35 and the comfort we received from God. Without love people speak, behave, feel, believe and are treated as if they are nothing.

     Our Lord also identified us as the salt of the earth. Matt 5:13 Mahatma Gandhi said, “Next to air and water, salt is perhaps the greatest necessity of life”.  Salt restores and preserves. Salt is a physical substance that heals, changes, makes better and takes away bitterness.  Salt can be seen, felt, touched, tasted. For those drowning in the bitter waters of life, we are called to be salt that says taste and see that the Lord is good; love that shows they are valued. Every caring relationship, every transformative, successful relationship has it origin in God’s plan; intentional and purposeful love.  Jesus commanded his disciples (us) to be in caring relationships that reduplicate the love of God, mind of Christ and power of the Holy Spirit.

Walk in Love,

Rev. Von Crigler

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