One of the simplest, yet ingenious toys for children I have ever seen anyone come up with is building blocks. These non-electronic toys really grab hold of a child’s imagination and dares them to build whatever their little heart’s desire.
It’s not so hard to let your imagination roam even as an adult. That’s what sets out plans in motion and gives us goals to work toward a better tomorrow. While our imaginations can be good they can also be hurtful to the point of tearing down others. In the heat of the moment or in stressful situations things you would have never fathomed saying seems to have no trouble flying out of the mouth. Also, tense actions of defense can cause us to put others at arm’s length slowly to the point of disassociating themselves from people and relationships.
While love can be manifested in many ways, so too can hurt. But, our master’s isn’t to be in what tears down and causes another’s demise or destruction; rather, in what builds up.
The Bible tells us, “Love edifies,” (1 Corinthians 8:1). Love looks out for the best interest of another. As a matter of fact, the best explanations I have ever seen for how human love is to operate in relation to one another, blocks upon which we can build strong relationships even in the midst of adversity and misunderstanding, is found right in the Bible. The entire chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians summarizes what real love is to look like in our lives. It says:
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
Love is the number one principle with God and it should be our number one principle in dealing with each other.
Love is our regulator. It governs our attitudes and actions in our daily relationships.
Without love, we are not operating like Christ and we are not operating like God. Without love, we are just noise with no substance of what He is working through us.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be more than noise; more than fluff. I want to have substance working at the core of my gift. I want lives to be changed and hearts to be lifted through what God has placed in me. This should be the attitude of every Christian. Not to get ahead, but to make a difference. Being a vessel so filled up with love and anointing, mixed with His special stuff He put on the inside of each of us, that we could help shift the atmosphere for some and help steer them on a course closer to God.
This can only happen if what you are trying to do in your life has love as its construction materials.
What is your heart desiring to build today?
As building blocks in the hands of a child, love in our actions constructs something beautiful. One upon another, when we connect them together in our daily living, a great form begins to take shape, and lives are transformed when we build up one another in love.