MAKE “LOVE” YOUR GOAL!

COLOSSIANS 3:14: “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

OBSERVATION: In the 3rd Chapter of Colossians Paul calls believers to seek the things that are above, in heaven, where Christ dwells. He lists the things that should not be found in the life of a believer, and then he lists the qualities that we should endeavor to have in our lives. He summarizes these two lists with this statement – “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”

Jesus simplified the Old Testament Law with one word – “Love”. He said that all the Law and the Prophets were summarized in two commands: 1) You shall love The Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength; and, 2) You shall love your neighbor as yourself. When I think of a long list of negative things I should avoid, and another long list of positive things I should desire – to be honest, I find myself a bit overwhelmed. What if I forget one of the important ones from the list? What then? How wonderful it is that I can focus on one main goal in life and see both lists accomplished in the process!

When I make “Love” the ultimate goal of my life I am moving toward the high upward call of God in Christ Jesus. John puts it this way – “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” (‭I John‬ ‭4‬:‭7-8‬ NKJV) God is “Love”. When I make “Love” my goal – I am acting like The Lord. When I make “Love” my goal I am in the process rejecting the things that are unlovely (the negative list), and becoming the things that are lovely (the positive list). I don’t need to worry about the lists because “Love” will take care of both.

This is not the world’s love. This is the “agape” – sacrificial love of Christ. It is the love that empowered Christ to die on the cross. It is the love that rolled away the stone and defeated sin and death as He rose from the dead. It is the love that always puts other’s needs before our own. It is the love that willingly ties a towel around our waste in order to wash the feet of our brothers and sisters. It is a love that is manifested in service and commitment. It is God’s Love working in and through us. Paul summarized this love in I Corinthians 13. Lord, help me to emulate this love – “Your Love” – which is the bond of perfection. In Jesus Name!

“LOVE is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. Love puts up with all things, trusts in all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭4-7‬ CEB)

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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