Galatians 5:6 says, ” For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”
This verse, along with several others, was part of my minister’s sermon this past Sunday. While the sermon itself was wonderful, I am not planning to repeat any thoughts from it. Instead, I want to focus on the second part of this verse. “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” If more Christians would look at this verse and only this verse when living out their faith, the world would be a much better place.
What kinds of things would change? One, I believe, would be a major game changer. If we just showed Jesus’s love to everyone and quit trying to judge their sin as being worse than ours, those who are not Christians would be more willing to hear about who Jesus actually was. What a radical idea! Showing love! Why do you suppose people who claim Christ are not willing to do that? I’m pretty sure it’s because we have a problem with accepting God’s grace. God’s grace is radical, like I’ve said before. We think we need to do something to gain it when we don’t.
But, God considers love to be just as important as grace. There are many examples in Scripture. I will state some of them. From John 15:12, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” Another comes from a verse earlier in that chapter, John 15:9. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” There is one in 1 John 4:10. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” One of my favorites is in 1 Corinthians 13:4. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” Here is another one that I think is relevant to how Christians are supposed to live in this world – 1 Corinthians 16:14. “Do everything in love.” And finally, the most important verse in the Christian faith, John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
So, for Christians, God loves us and wants us to show that love to others. Is that something we should just read in Scripture and forget about? No, of course not! We should try to find tangible ways to express that love even if it is just being there to be a shoulder to cry on or pray with.
God’s blessings on you today!