Today’s featured fruit: LOVE.
Why love? There’s a reason love is first on the list. At its heart, the Bible is one gigantic love-fest. In fact, God IS love. The Bible says:
Monday, we gave you a little quiz to assess your Bible literacy. Tuesday, we gave you tips on how to get more Bible into your ♥. Wednesday, we boiled the Bible down to one noun: JESUS. Thursday, it was one verb: LOVE. Yesterday, we zeroed in on the job description for every Christian.
Today’s topic: the only thing that matters on this planet, according to the Bible. Here it is in one beautiful little verse. Meditate on it. Marinate in it. Memorize it.
Monday, we gave you a little quiz to assess your Bible literacy. Tuesday, we gave you tips on how to get more Bibleishness into your life. Yesterday, we started looking at the BIG picture of the Bible by boiling it down to one noun: JESUS.
Today, we boil it down to one verb. Here it is:
Drum roll, please. Here’s the absolute #1 most popular Bible verse in the history of the universe.
You learned it in Sunday School. You’ve seen it on banners at sporting events. Maybe you’ve even got it tattooed on your biceps.
We’re sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to the greatest sermon ever preached: the Sermon on the Mount.
Today, we come to what a great theologian named John Stott called the “highest point of the Sermon on the Mount.” I love how he describes it:
It is both most admired and most resented, namely the attitude of total love which Christ calls us to show towards one who is evil and our enemies. Nowhere is the challenge of the Sermon greater. Nowhere is the distinctness of the Christian counter-culture more obvious. Nowhere is our need of the power of the Holy Spirit (whose first fruit is love) more compelling.
Pray through these words with all your ♥ and then go change the world: