1 Corinthians 14:1a Follow the way of love
What is the way of love? If the Lord spoke these words to you, what would your response be? “How do I find it?” “Where is it?” or “What is it?” Following the way of love is different than following a trail that simply leads somewhere. Instead of trying to find something, this is a course of action wherein we become something.
Remember the wonderful story of the man born blind who was healed by Jesus. The disciples had asked who had sinned, this man or his parents for him to be born blind. Jesus responded, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”
Jesus then spit on the ground and having made some mud with the saliva He put it the man’s eyes and told him to go wash in the Pool of Siloam. The man did and was healed! Needless to say this caused quite a commotion with his family, neighbors and those who had seen him begging for years. Some of the Pharisees had a fit that this miracle was done on the Sabbath. Others of them wondered how a sinner could do such a miracle.
After the uproar and the man was thrown out by the Pharisees he had a most wonderful encounter with Jesus described in John 9:35-38,
35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36 “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” 37 Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” 38 Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him.
Ponder a moment about the spirit that characterized this man as he responded to Jesus. He not only believed – he worshipped Him. We need to realize that he was an adult who spent his entire life up to that point blind (and begging) so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. May our lifelong response to our Lord be the same as his described here.
It is in that spirit that we are instructed to follow the way of love – so that the work of God would be displayed in our lives. The way of love is where our lives become more and more a living display of the love of God – of the grace and goodness of our Lord. It leads to where everything we do is done in love. That is how the world knows we are truly His.