Sunday, June 10, 2007

Pursue Love

1 Corinthians 14:1 says, "Pursue love......"

Merriam-Webster's online thesaurus defines pursue as........Function: verb; to go in search of.

"The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love." (1John 4:8)

1Corinthians16: 13 "Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you've got, be resolute, 14 and love without stopping." (The Message)

1 Corinthians13:2 "If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing." (The Message)

I can't truly love if I don't know God, because God is love. God speaks much about love. Mark 12:28 "One of the religion scholars came up. Hearing the lively exchanges of question and answer and seeing how sharp Jesus was in his answers, he put in his question: "Which is most important of all the commandments?" 29 Jesus said, "The first in importance is, 'Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; 30 so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.' 31 And here is the second: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' There is no other commandment that ranks with these." 32 The religion scholar said, "A wonderful answer, Teacher! So lucid and accurate - that God is one and there is no other. 33 And loving him with all passion and intelligence and energy, and loving others as well as you love yourself. Why, that's better than all offerings and sacrifices put together!" 34 When Jesus realized how insightful he was, he said, "You're almost there, right on the border of God's kingdom." After that, no one else dared ask a question."

I think he was right on the mark when he realized that kind of love is better than all offerings and sacrifices put together. I'm going to pursue love.

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