What drives you in your relationships with others? Is it common interests? Is it your history with them? What about love? Are your relationships grounded in love? Everything we do in this Christian life should be grounded in love. The relationships we have with others and the way we act toward them should scream love. We need to allow God’s love to control us as it says in 2 Corinthians 5:14, “Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.”
Christ’s love for us should be the driving force behind everything we do. It should be the reason we share Jesus with those we love. It should be the reason we serve others. As 1 Corinthians 13:3 states, “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.” Love is the motivation for the Christian. If you try and serve others but do not have love, then your service means nothing to the Lord.
1 Corinthians 13 ends by saying, “Three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love.” Love is what binds everything together. It is the greatest of all other qualities. God’s love covers all else.