The defining contrast between the Old Testament and the New Testament lies in the essence of love. Love is the essential foundation of the New Testament, indispensable for genuine believers who are attuned to the Spirit. Their heartfelt desire is to walk in a profound experience of God’s love. This stands in stark opposition to the values of a corrupted world, where greed is exalted and self-gain is pursued at any cost. Love, on the other hand, teaches us to will the good of others as we would for ourselves, embodying a selfless and compassionate approach to life.
In a corrupted world, the message is to advance oneself while maintaining a superficial kindness towards others. However, love calls us to go beyond superficial gestures and genuinely prioritize the needs of others. If you are serious about using your creativity and spiritual gifts to light up your world, you must understand that love is your most potent weapon. As Jesus commanded in John 13:34-35 (ESV), “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Learn to lead with compassion, fearlessly embracing a love that knows no limits. Jesus calls us to love even those who may not deserve it. Your love possesses transformative power, capable of changing the world around you. Even if you extend your love to someone undeserving, God in his infinite mercy and justice will take the person out of the equation. With them gone, you’ll get the same standard and quality of love you meted out. As a child of God, walking in love should always be your core value, shaping every aspect of your life.