1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (NLT)
13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
When your lens to the world is love, things look different. How else does the Golden Rule even have a chance? How else does sacrifice and service have a place in our lives if not for love?
The question becomes then, when do we really live in love and can we do it 24/7/365? Think about the times when you’ve served. Think about the times when you’ve sacrificed. Think about the times you’ve had absolutely no regrets. I bet they are they are the same times.
If we’re going to get this world back to a place of sanity where the Golden Rule is the only rule, we will need to come out of our pompous, self righteous, self centered, self serving little holes and attack the world with sacrificial love.
Attack the world with sacrificial love.