Wisdom in Love
By Pastor Segun K
Man has always been in need of love and as a result, everyone seeks to be loved at all times. In several parts of the scripture, God also always commands us to love. As a matter of fact, the bible summarizes the entire ten commandments into two – To love God and to love the people around us.
In Mark 12:29-31 (NIV), the bible reads that “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
This verse provides us with a sense of direction regarding how to prioritize our show of love. It is only when you have totally complied with this instruction that it can be said of you that we have shown wisdom in love.
Loving your spouse, children, job or anything whatsoever more than God shows your level of wisdom. God’s requirement from Mark 12: 29-31 is that you love Him with all your heart, your soul, your mind and with all your strength. This means that God wants 100% of you and your love for him. Anything you love more than the Almighty God will become a god to you and provoke God to jealousy. God warns in Exo. 20:3 not to have any other god besides Him.
The result of loving God completely would include:
- God would direct your love for Him back to the people around you, including your family.
- You would be able to see the people around you like the image of God and love them genuinely.
- You would realize that loving the people validates your salvation as written in 1 Jo. 4:7 that everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
- You will not conspire with your spouse to deceive God as Ananias and Saphira did. in Acts. 5:1-11
As you respond to God’s call regarding love, it is important to show wisdom by first loving God completely and allowing God to direct your heart through His word; to love the people around you. You cannot love people successfully if you have not loved God completely.