Is loving God enough?
When I was first saved, this was the end of the matter for me. Yet, as time has progressed, I find that is just not so.
How? In believing that this is the whole of my existence, to love Him and Him alone, I am neglecting His heart.
Sure, to spend all my time with Him and to pour my love on Him, it tends to my heart and fulfills me and God wouldn’t deny me that.
But there is a response that should come from loving Him. A fruit that is birthed.
The fruit of the Spirit is love…
And then, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)
These fruit are not meant to nourish a relationship between God and ourself but rather brother to brother and sister to sister. These are the things created for us to nurture the bond of perfectness between us and to minister unity. (Colossians 3:14)
When was the last time I fed my brother joy or gentleness?
How about meekness? The meek shall inherit the earth. I find it hard to believe that there is a greater inheritance than one another.
And this thing about faith. How could we possibly apply that to anyone other than God? If faith is believing and speaking… We must invest faith in one another. Feed it to one another…the faith that is derived from love.
What brought this on?
I was reading in Psalm 16. David said this and it’s believed that Jesus said these very words as He was going to the cross.
O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee;
But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.
Jesus Himself said that His goodness or His love did not extend only to God. It didn’t stop there. He had a love for the saints and to those who were His delight.
And we all are His delight.
I have a quote on my wall at home, where my family spends the most time. It says, “The best thing to hold onto in life is one another.” I looked at that sign this morning and thought, “I believe that.”
I do. With my whole heart.