And above all these put on love which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Colossians 3: 14

 

There is one and only one totally universal principle; a singular concept that applies to every situation and to all aspects that we encounter in this life. This is the central characteristic that fuels God’s approach to people, and it is the first of His qualities that the Lord desires for us to imitate. Christ comes to us out of and in His love for us. This love is total and without reservation or hesitation. He loves us so much that He did give all to complete the restoration of our relationship with Him.

 

Although we may live in ways that should challenge God’s ability to love us, He does not seem to have any trouble doing it on a continual basis. On the other hand, I know that it is not so easy to truly love others. I may want to do it, I may plan to do it, and I may think that I am doing it; however, the reactions of others and the attitudes that I find in my own heart tell me that intentions and actions are too often disconnected. My motives, motivations, fears, and ego all impede me in actually loving others; thus, they diminish my ability to be the person that Christ calls me to be, for my unloving self does not look very much like my all-loving God.

 

This is why God wants us to aspire to this one quality of His character above all others. Every day and in each interaction that occurs during that day we do get to choose to make those situations ones in which we love others. We can seek Christ’s perspective on how we view the people in our lives and on the way that we respond to them. It is amazing how much impact the simplest of acts can have. When we choose to smile, to appreciate someone, to value their thinking, to share our heart with them, or to carry their load; we are bringing Christ into the lives of people. Choosing to put on the love of Christ means that I need to accept its reality for myself; then, my life is brought into balance. From that perspective, I can bring a touch of God’s healing love to others, and my corner of the world is brought closer to His perfectly harmonious balance.

 

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