Love Is The Foundation of the Christian Life
The most important thing you can know in this life is that God loves you. And the most important thing that you can do in this life is to love Him back. Jesus put is like this: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22
Nothing is more important. If you learn to love God and you let God love you, then your life has fulfilled its meaning, its purpose. However, if you miss this part of your life, then your life is a failure because you have missed the most important reason you were put on this earth—to love and be loved.
We hear a lot of talk about “spiritual warfare” and I believe there is such a thing in this life. As C.S. Lewis observed “There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.” At the heart of this spiritual battlefield lies our hearts. Will we believe the truth that God loves us, or will we believe the lies the enemy whispers in our ear telling us God cannot love us because we don’t deserve God’s love?
When we look at the facts on the ground, we have to admit we are not deserving of love. We will never be in a position to deserve God’s love. But God’s word, and His Son tell us this is beside the point. Of course we don’t deserve God’s love, but He loves us anyway.
Don’t let the enemy’s lies keep you away from the love of God. His love is the very foundation on which we are to build our lives and increase His Kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven.”