Imagine for a moment you send someone to the grocery store. And you tell them not to forget the eggs. In fact, the eggs are so important to you that you highlight and underline “eggs” on the grocery list. So, when the person returns, what is the first thing you look for?
God has given us His “grocery list,” and He repeatedly asks us not to forget the eggs.
What are God’s “eggs?”
- 1 Corinthians 16:14 Do everything in love.
- John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another…
- James 2:8 “The royal law… love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right.
- 1 Peter 4:8 “Above all, love each other deeply…”
- Matthew 9:11-13 “go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'”
- Romans 13:8-10 “whatever other commandment… summed up in this one rule: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
Text: 1 Corinthians 13 – “Love is patient. Love is kind… “
We know what these ingredients “taste like” without analyzing each of them. For example, we know what impatience feels like to us. We know how kindness feels.
If we just use this passage as an “MRI” of our day, it would benefit us.
- Can we apply 1 Corinthians 13 to people who are fingernails down the blackboard different than we are?
Without love, we’re not ready to cook anything the Lord likes. Conversely, if we are equipped in love, we are ready for everything the Lord wants to do through us.
When it comes to “doing,” our job is to be prepared in love. It is the Lord’s job to deploy us.
The good news is the Lord doesn’t just send us to the store to get eggs, He also supplies the eggs.
- The love we are to have for others is love that grows out of God’s love for us.
- The Lord not only commissions us to love, He coaches us in love. We can talk to Him about it.