But first, Love
Every time I go out and I see a little cute home decor items. One sign I see everywhere says “But first, coffee”
It means that your day could not start without your daily caffeine. In this perspective, nothing creative-no action can be taken without spending the time to have your daily roast. For those caffeine junkies out there, the whole day can be thrown off if they don’t get their cup of Java!
For the Christian, before we speak, before we act out and before we start our day, we need to put on love.
Love needs to be the first thing we pull out of our spiritual wardrobe. This will help us look through the lens of love with everyone around us.
I can tell you time after time where I see a Facebook post and YouTube videos where I think, “If they would’ve put on love first, they would’ve spoken differently and acted differently in the situation”
Let’s read Matthew 22:36-40
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Love should be the filter from which all of our actions come out of. Just like people take time for their daily caffeine boost, we need to take time to get our daily love boost from our Heavenly Father.
So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy -put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper]; bearing graciously with one another, and willingly forgiving each other if one has a cause for complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so should you forgive. Beyond all these things put on and wrap yourselves in [unselfish] love, which is the perfect bond of unity [for everything is bound together in agreement when each one seeks the best for others].”
Colossians 3:8-10, 12-14
Instead of being so concerned with ourb outward appearance, we should get dressed spiritually every single day- clothing ourselves with compassion and love. I promise if you do that, you will less likely be angry, less likely to take offense- and more likely to serve and die to your self.