“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT
Our society confuses love and lust. Unlike lust, God’s kind of love is directed outward toward others, not inward toward ourselves. It is utterly unselfish. This kind of love goes against our natural inclinations. It is impossible to have this love unless God helps us set aside our own natural desires so that we can love and not expect anything in return. Thus, the more we become like Christ, the more love we will show to others.(Tyndale Study Bible)
Reading this commentary remind me of the words out of my Bible school notes. I copied them below. The scripture is very powerful, or I should say, it is very correct.
In the Garden of Eden, the essence of the temptation was, put your physical needs first, and put what God wants you to do, second. In other words, interpret the Word of God in the light of your physical needs. God wanted them to interpret their physical needs in the light of His Word to them. In a sense, the temptation was, “your needs first, God’s Word second.”
When Jesus was tempted to turn stones into bread, the temptation was, “You have been fasting for forty days. Use Your supernatural powers to put the physical need first, and the Word and will of God second. The response was, “Word first, needs second.”
Remember temptation is not sin. How we respond to temptation is either victory or sin. Our response to temptation today should also be the application of those two words – “God first”. (Calvary Academics)
The fundamental principle of Christianity is love. Love the Lord with all your heart and secondly love you neighbour as yourself. Will there ever be strife if we apply this instruction? You see there is always the temptation to put oneself first. We think we are more important than the next person or in a conflict we believe we are right. Is that important? No, it’s not if one Loves unconditionally and puts God first then, I think the conflict won’t exist.
I am sure every person asks this question at some stage in one life? What is the most important thing in this world? From my experience, I can say this with conviction, Love. Take the head of the commentator’s words Love not lust. Not the love of things, but of people, unconditionally.
Remember when we started, Humility and haughtiness. So here it is. Be Humble, Love unconditionally and put God first.
“Lord I thank you for these words. A reminder who is the most important. Amen.”