"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another." -John 13:34&35
Life can get stressful at times. The bills need paying, the job is stressful or isn't quite what we hoped for; the kids are running around crazy, or we've gotten a cold. During these times of pressure is when we're pushed to our limits - and our true colors show. Whatever is in us comes out of us, and it can be quite revealing - perhaps even embarrassing.
But what we need to remember during these times of pressure is what really matters. Seeds may have been planted early on in our lives to suggest we're worth nothing if we're not perfect, or we're nothing without money, achievement, or beauty and a sleek physic. Yes, these things are nice to have, and goal setting is healthy. But the reality is, without LOVE, it means nothing.
What remains in our lives after we're gone and all is said and done is our love for others. The Bible says only three things will remain - faith, hope, and love - the greatest of these being love. So the next time we are tempted to think our perfection is what matters, the amount of money that we make is what matters, or how much we've achieved is what really makes us count, we need to think again. Love is the only thing that truly matters. Have love, and we win the world over. Lose love, and we lose all that Jesus died for.
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." -1 Corinthians 13:13