Posted by: New in Every Way | February 20, 2013

The Things We Do for Love


I am posting this again. It seems highly appropriate for February, the month of Valentines and love.

My grandson, who is now sixteen, loves baseball. He’s a natural-born athlete and excels in several Boy playing baseballsports. But he loves baseball.

When he was eight, he was chosen for the first time for a Cal Ripken summertime All Star team. One summer day, according to his mother, the whole family camped out at the ballpark as Connor’s team moved through the brackets—playing seven games and watching several others. Finally, the tournament ended, and the family headed to the car. That is, all except Connor. He was heading off in the opposite direction.

“Where are you going?” his parents asked.

“Coach said we’re practicing.”

“He was just kidding, son!”

Connor’s face fell. His shoulders drooped. Slowly, he trudged to the car.

Some families pressure their children to play sports. That’s tough. But when a child can’t get enough time on the field . . . you know they’re doing it for love.

God does everything for love. That’s why he is totally giving, endlessly patient, and always available.

He invites us to live the same way:

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-38).

Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing (Psalm 100:2 NIV).

The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me (Isaiah 29:13 NIV).

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of [laws about] eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17 NIV). 

Make It Personal

  • How do you think God feels when you obey his commandments because you “have to”?
  • How does he feel when you are thankful for his blessings and directions? When you are care-free and confident in his presence?
  • What would life be like if we did everything for love—the way God does?

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