Recently I have had a song stuck in my head from one of the CD's the kids like to listen to. Well, just a phrase of the song, actually.
"Love makes people do the things they know they ought to do..."
When the song first starts, it sounds like it is going to be some shallow, 'why don't we all just love each other and the world will be wonderful' kind of song. But it isn't. It is actually so simple that it is profound. Of course it is talking about God's love, and our love for Him. And love directed correctly DOES make us do the things we know we ought to do. That simple little song has led me to meditate on verses about love.
"We LOVE him because he first LOVED us..."
"They will know we are Christians by our LOVE..."
"For God so LOVED the world..."
"If you LOVE me, keep my commandments..."
"LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart..."
I have been thinking about how really, everything we do is motivated by LOVE. Love of our Lord Jesus, or love of our sinful selves. How many, many times each day my sinful self-love takes over and my actions are motivated by the love I have for ME. And yet, when I carry out that self-love, I am not one bit more fulfilled. Some days it is a moment by moment, or seemingly second by second choice. But a peace always follows the choice to love the Lord/others over self.
Even when it is as simple as relinquishing claim to that last chocolate peanut butter rice krispie treat and giving it to my brother.