The Priority of Love
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
— Col. 3:14
Our commitment at Lighthouse is not only to faithfully preach the Word but also to lovingly invest our lives in others as we direct them to the glories of a great Savior. Without love, all our preaching and disciple-making is in vain (1 Cor. 13:4-7)!
Love for God
Love for God is the first and greatest commandment (Matt. 22:37-38); for those in Christ, it is also the greatest joy, the heart that beats within every act of faithful service. Having been loved by our Savior, who gave Himself for us (Gal. 2:20), we love in return (1 John 4:19).
Love for the Brethren
Jesus commanded His disciples to love "just as" He had loved, in total self-sacrifice for the good of others (John 13:34-35). The Apostle John reminds us, in view of Christ's great love at Calvary, we ought also to lay down our lives for the brethren (1 John 3:16-18).
Love for the Lost
The Apostle Paul prayed for love that abounds "for one another and for all" (1 Thess. 3:11-13); "let us do good to everyone" (Gal. 6:10), even beyond the household of faith. In so doing, we reflect the heart of Jesus, who came "to seek and to save that which was lost" (Lk. 19:10).
Love for the Truth
There is a boastful knowledge that puffs up, as opposed to love that builds up (1 Cor. 8:1). Truth and love are not enemies, however, for it is the "truth in love" that edifies (Eph. 4:15). Love of the truth accompanies salvation (2 Thess. 2:10), and we love the truth because we love the One who is the Truth (John 14:6), who has given us the Spirit of truth (John 14:17).