The Meaning Of Life
Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”
Mark 12:29-31 KJV “The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
There is the meaning of life! Keep God’s commandment to love. It’s just that sweet and simple. There is no greater commandment than this: Love God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength, and love your neighbor as you love yourself. That’s right, you’re supposed to love yourself (not be IN LOVE with yourself). This is the meaning of life. This will sound too sweet and simple for some. But those who obey God’s command to love know the real benefits of living this way.
Those who follow God’s command to love are not depressed, suicidal, angry, resentful, insane, etcetera. This does not mean they never get down. Or that they never miss the mark when it comes to loving others. Lovers of God and people in today’s world are viewed as crazy by those who reject God (the really crazy people). Yet they’ve learned the mystery to the meaning of life; the secret to spiritual, mental, and physical well being. It’s been well documented that those who live a life of love are far more healthier, happier, and enjoy life more than those who are filled with resentment and hatred. Though there are medicinal advantages to letting love fill your heat that’s not why we do it. We learn to love because it is God’s greatest commandment. It just so happens our heavenly Father always tells us to do things that only help us. 😉
WHAT IS LOVE?
1 John 4:8 HCSB “The one who does not love does not know God, because GOD IS LOVE.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NET “Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up. 13:5 It is not rude, it is not self-serving, it is not easily angered or resentful. 13:6 It is not glad about injustice, but rejoices in the truth. 13:7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 13:8 Love never ends.”
GOD IS LOVE! And 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 describes what love or the character of God is: patient, kind, not braggadocios, not arrogant, not rude. God is not self-serving, He serves and provides for everyone (the whole world), whether they know it or not. He doesn’t get easily angered, and is not resentful. He hates injustice, and rejoices in the truth. There is no situation God cannot handle or get us through. Love is perfect and will never end. Because God is perfect and will never end. 😉
“Are you kidding me?” someone may ask, “Do you really think people can live like that? Like God?” I know, that much goodness seems impossible for mere mortals, doesn’t it? But with God all things are possible. God can give us His Holy Spirit; His character, so that we can obey Him and live a life of love:
Ezekiel 36:26-27 NET “I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your body and give you a heart of flesh. 36:27 I will put my Spirit within you; I will take the initiative and you will obey my statutes and carefully observe my regulations.”
That’s how it’s done guys. God has to do it. He does a literal, spiritual, operation on our hearts, and removes these hearts of stone. Then (and only then) can we live a life of love in imitation of God’s love for us. Basically we must be born again. Born and sealed by the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 1:13 NET “And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation) – when you believed in Christ – you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit.”
1 Peter 1:23 NET “You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.”
By believing in the gospel message of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we are marked with the seal of the Holy Spirit. This is accomplished by God’s word. A person receives God’s Holy Spirit the very moment they truly believe in what God’s word says. WOW! Right then and there they are born again into God’s eternal family! They have eternal life! Now, they can fulfill God’s command to love. Without the Spirit of God no one can obey God’s commands.
In fact love is the identifying mark that one has been truly converted, or has truly become a true believer in Jesus Christ:
John 13:35 NET “Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.”
Yes, love is it guys! It is the meaning of life. This is the most important commandment and the key to living. It is accomplished through the infallible word of God. Love created all living things. All life comes from love! Just wrap your mind around that for a minute.
LOVE CREATED US
God did not have to make us. But he unselfishly did. Even when Adam and Eve sinned against Him in the Garden of Eden He could have destroyed the entire human race and made some more creatures. But He didn’t. God didn’t scrap us like some old failed project. That’s not His makeup. That’s not the personality of Love. Instead, God had already provided in advance a way out of our dire situation our first parents put us in. He saw to it that we would still receive what he intended for us all along: eternal life. And who says that God is mean and not loving? That way out of a life plagued by sin, suffering, and death, is Jesus Christ:
John 4:6 “Jesus replied, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ “
John 3:16 NET “For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
God (who is love) is awesome and amazing! Our words can’t fittingly describe Him! Love created life. And love is the meaning of life. Love gives eternal life to all who believe in God’s love; His greatest gift, His son, Jesus Christ.
WE MUST LOVE ONE ANOTHER
Love for God and love for our fellow believers goes hand in hand. God says:
1 John 4:20-21 NET “If anyone says ‘I love God’ and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 4:21 And the commandment we have from him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too.”
This love must also extend to others who do not believe the way we do, who may not be of our same culture, race, background, etcetera. Jesus illustrated this wonderfully when a man asked Him, “Who is my neighbor?” He told the parable known today as, “The Good Samaritan.” What makes this parable so awesome is Samaritans were viewed as the lower race of people during that time. But is was someone from the lower race that was the only person willing to help a stranger in need. And those of the so-called superior race and superior religious culture did nothing at all to help the man. Here is the famous parable. In it is the meaning of life:
Luke 10:29-37 NET “But the expert, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 10:30 Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him up, and went off, leaving him half dead. 10:31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, but when he saw the injured man he passed by on the other side. 10:32 So too a Levite, when he came up to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 10:33 But a Samaritan who was traveling came to where the injured man was, and when he saw him, he felt compassion for him. 10:34 He went up to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 10:35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever else you spend, I will repay you when I come back this way.’ 10:36 Which of these three do you think became a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 10:37 The expert in religious law said, “The one who showed mercy to him.” So Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
Will we drop whatever it is we’re doing when we see someone in need, and spend our precious resources; time, money, efforts, etcetera, to help them? WIll we do this for a total stranger? Even someone of a different culture? Or a different race or background? Oh, and would we be willing to check up on them later even after we’ve initially helped them like The Good Samaritan? If our answer is a true, “Yes!” we have found the keys to life; which is love. As a grand reward God has already given us eternal life. The door to heaven is open to us. All we have do is hold on to our faith in God’s love. And I know, that’s becoming more challenging in an unloving world. But oh the reward is so great! We will get to enjoy the fullness of God’s love as we bask in the very presence of Almighty God Himself, forever!
1 John 4:12-13 HCSB “No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us. 13 This is how we know that we remain in Him and He in us: He has given assurance to us from His Spirit.”
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