Motivated by Love

Motivated by Love

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

What is the motivation for our actions? The promise of entertainment or pleasure? Meeting our needs? Receiving rewards? Just doing what has been directed by an employer? Trying to avoid trouble? Pleasing others? Revenge? Anger? Fear? These are examples of common motivations. But the Bible provides a motivation that is more powerful and effective than any others – love.

Individually, we can examine all the commandments in the Bible. We can know all the rules and principles. But the Bible tells us that every commandment can be summarized in this way: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 19:19).

Why is this so powerful? The Bible tells us that love is completely selfless. Love is “patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude … It is not irritable or resentful.” It only “rejoices with the truth.” Instead of insisting on its own way, love “endures all things” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7).

If we do this consistently, we will be sure to fulfill every other commandment. We will not kill, steal, or lust. We will not take advantage of others. We will not gossip. We will not have any other gods besides our God.

Today, remember that love is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). It is a by-product of a life surrendered to God. Ask Him to fill your heart with His love. Make that your motivation in everything you do.