It's all about love.
It seems that love is the single most important factor & facet of anything & anyone.
It also seems that these days that fact & truth becomes more & more dim as each day passes.
It seems our capacity & willingness to love becomes more blunted, stunted, & shunted as we move further & further into this world we've created.
There is much that is said these days about what we should or should not be or do as persons, let alone as followers of Jesus.
But it would seem that the thing the New Testament would indicate we should be & do the most is to love.
And it would seem that that very attribute is in the shortest supply amongst those of us who claim to follow Jesus.
And why is that?
Because loving is less an emotion & more of a choice.
And we have chosen to go whoring for other things like power, position, control, & religious freedom when our world has an overwhelming paucity of simple people who will be as Jesus was – loving - & do what Jesus did – loving others.
Here's what Paul had to say in his letter to the the followers of Jesus living in Rome...
8 Pay all of your debts,
except the debt of love to others.
You can never finish paying that!
If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God's law.
9 For the commandments say,
"You must not commit adultery.
You must not murder.
You must not steal.
You must not covet."
These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment:
"Love your neighbor as yourself."
10 Love does no wrong to others,
so love fulfills the requirements of God's law.
11 This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out.
Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
12 The night is almost gone;
the day of salvation will soon be here.
So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes,
and put on the shining armor of right living.
13 Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see.
Don't participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness,
or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living,
or in quarreling and jealousy.
14 Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And don't let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.