To Love, and Be Loved

Over the weekend I had to relearn a very important lesson. As I was at church, the topic of the sermon was, “what is at the center of our deepest desires?” And the scripture that that this question was based on comes from Matthew 6:19-21…

“(19) Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them. (20) Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moth and rust don’t eat them and where thieves don’t break in and steal them. (21) Where your treasure is. there your heart will be also. (ESV)”

I have heard this verse many times, and for the most part I felt that I fully understood it, but I never thought of it in reference to what is at the center of my heart. For most of us, the answer to the question would automatically be “well, God is at the center.” And not to question the validity of this statement, but is He really?

Over the weekend I received news that one of my past co-workers passed away. I remember working with her, and although we were not extremely close or anything, I still considered her a friend, and would even wave and ask her how she was when we would run into one another between classes, or even at World Market (we had the same favorite store). It is hard to receive this news about anyone you know. The truth is that when I did know her, my heart was not completely in the relationship. She knew I was a Christian, but as I look back, I truly feel the need to question whether or not I was showing her the love of Christ. And as much as I hate to admit it, I wasn’t.

I promise that I have a point to bringing this up. When I heard the sermon, the word “love” kept ringing in my head. Then that was when it hit me. As Christians we claim to love everyone, and it is easy to say this, and even stand by it. However, the real question is are we keeping love at the center of our desires? Our love for others, our love for family, friends, and most importantly, God? And if we are, are they aware of this love? Are we expressing it in any way we know how, so that when they look at us, they know without a doubt that they too are loved, and have the ability to both love and be loved? In 1 Corinthians 13:8 the very first words are “love never fails.” It is literally the most important ability that we hold as children of God. We have the ability to show people the love that Christ has for us, through the love that we have for one another.

Therefore my prayer for all of us is that we can go out in the world, with Christ, as well as the love that he has for us, at the very center of our desires. Through this, we will begin to fill our treasure chests with what is eternal…

 

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