Christianity is not about sacred spaces or beliefs or rituals, it is entirely about living life in accordance with one verb: love. I am challenged “with every interaction, every conversation, every temptation to ask this question: “What does love require of me?”… answering this will change my life and every life that I touch.
JP says… Based on the following statements by Jesus, I would say that love is the most important thing to pursue this year.
[The greatest commandment:] You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37–39)
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12)
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:35)
BUT Love Is Not a Verb
The most helpful single sentence definition of love I have found is from chapter four of John Piper’s Desiring God: “Love is the overflow of joy in God that gladly meets the needs of others” (119).
Love is not merely the action of meeting others’ needs; it includes the motive of the action. True love cherishes God supremely as the supreme Treasure and therefore wants others to also cherish the supreme Treasure and be eternally happy.
God is love, and love is from God. Therefore, loving others is doing whatever it takes for them to have as much of God as they can.
And the remedy is far more than us trying to do more verbs — to produce more actions. We need a deeper transformation, a profound reordering of our souls’ affections. And this only happens by looking at the glory of the great Noun until we delight in him more than anything else.