1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:13; Isaiah 17-19; Psalm 114
The old song asks the question: “What’s love got to do with it?” The question is asked by a cynical participant who describes the physical reaction of touching, but only sees love as a “second hand emotion.” Too many take a cynical view of love today. Perhaps they’ve been burned in romance and have no other yardstick for that word. “Love” however is far more than an emotional response or a romantic endeavor.
As Christians, we are compelled by the love of God in all that we do. Paul exhorted to Thessalonian Church to love even more. “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.” (1 Thessalonians 3:12) Obviously this love is not the emotional gush that song writers cherish, or trash as the case may be. Paul is talking of the sacrificial love that was shown by Jesus on the cross.
How important is this message to our world that lives in society where the message is to take care of ourselves and not worry about the other guy? We have a new attitude today such that if someone is in trouble or distress, we take a video of their problem and post it on social media instead of finding ways to help. If we can’t get a video, we find some way to denigrate their character. We call it “plain speaking,” or “boldly telling the truth.” We walk by the other side.
The message of Paul to the Thessalonians, and to our world is that this attitude is wrong. Our love for each other should overflow. We should be falling all over ourselves to help and support each other. Paul also tells us that our love should overflow for everyone else. So, the simple, but convicting question for all Christians today is, “How have you shown love to other Christians, and also to everyone else?”
Lord, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in my own little world and not worry about my brothers and sisters in Christ, let alone others in the world who are not of Your faith. Remind me to show Your love to each and every person I meet.