1 Peter 1:14-16 – As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Allow me to state some well-known truths. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith works by love. Love never fails. Perfect love casts out all fear. The victory that overcomes the world is faith. Each of these statements are absolutely Biblical, accurate according to the Word of God, and are fully true. Each of these statements are generally well-known in the body of Christ, especially among those who have had any real time of study and reading in the Word of God. The “high priority” we encounter today is LOVE – the love of God.
What is the love of God? Let us define it accurately according to the Word of God. The Scriptures declare, “This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.” That is the Bible’s own clear definition of the love of God. There is nothing there about feelings or emotions. What we DO SEE is that the love of God is a choice – a very clear choice. The LOVE of God IS KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS. It’s that simple. Put aside emotions. It has NOTHING to do with emotions. Put aside feelings. It has NOTHING to do with feelings. Once again, it is a clear choice, and at that, a very clear PERSONAL choice.
We read the very words of Jesus Himself saying, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” Do you see that? The love of God is a clear personal choice, and it requires action as a part of that choice. The love of God is not demonstrated is word, but in action – your action – your PERSONAL CHOICE TO ACT. And that action is to keep, to obey, to carry out, to be doers of the Word of God.
Consider this. GOD IS LOVE! It does not say that God speaks love, though He does. It does not say that God feels love, though I’m sure He does. It does not say that God does love, though I am absolutely sure He does. It DOES say, “GOD IS LOVE!” It is Who He is. And because it is Who He is, we know that God speaks, feels, and does love. Who are you? Are you a Christian? If you are, you’re a child of God. If you are a child of God, do you properly identify with your Father? In the natural, I’m a Moorefield. My children are Moorefield’s. God is love. Then you, too, are love. Live it, speak it, feel it, do it, model it, and be it. It is, indeed, among the highest of priorities.
Manna for Today – 1 Peter 1:3-25; 1 Corinthians 13; John 14:15-17; 1 John 5:3; John 3:16-17; 1 John 4:7-21; Galatians 5:6; 2 Peter 1:3-9