Do everything in love. –1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV)
For a long time, I couldn’t quite get what the verse means. To be honest, I don’t get the words and meanings in the bible most of the time.
Do everything in love is an attractive proposition. It sounds cool. But what does doing everything in love look like? What does it mean? How can we do everything in love? Is it just doing good?
When we talk about doing good, these big names might pop up in your mind; Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, or even people you interact with in your day-to-day life such as leaders at work or people who do things they don’t get paid for.
Serving others is an admirable thing to do.
But serving is only the result; the result of thoughts that had been generated from the mind.
It could be true that one wants to help others, but sometimes, a bigger driving force might be fuelling the actions. It could be recognition from others, the fear of disobeying or letting others down.
Hence, someone who’s doing good with the heart to love others might be doing exactly the same thing as someone who’s doing it out of fear but the thoughts and reasoning behind the external actions could be completely different.
So it’s all about your heart. Most people would not be able to disguise the rationale behind what you are doing (why should they anyways). But doing things out of fear or recognition is not sustainable in the long run. One day, it might not give the result you want and you would lose the energy and motivation to carry on. On the other hand, if you are doing it out of love, and not for selfish gains, you would continue to give without feeling burnt out.
Examining your motives before and after doing a task, especially if it’s deemed to be ‘good’ would be a great start to learning how to love. Ask, ‘Am I doing it for my pride and out of fear, or am I doing it out of love?’
I finally started to understand the verse–do everything in love. Now is the time to live it out.
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