Higher Purpose

Before acting or speaking…let love be your motivation.

(Listen to my song “God’s Love Is All You Need” on YouTube by clicking HERE)


Mark 7:8-9

“You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.” He went on to say, “How well you have set aside the commandment of God in order to uphold your tradition!”


Jesus made it clear that love is the most important thing…when he was asked to specify the greatest commandment.

This is what he said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31).

If you look at the various Christian denominations today…there are a mountain of rules, doctrines, dogmas, rituals and beliefs.

How strange…when Jesus did not emphasize rules.

As a matter of fact…he made a practice of breaking them when love demanded it.

Love and healing seemed to be his main concerns.

Rules and doctrines do have their place in giving us structure and a framework for discussion.

But they have unfortunately been used too often as instruments to punish, ostracize and inflict pain.

Sometimes it seems we have lost the most important, foundational teaching: to love.

Since God is love (1 John 4:8)…we are called to channel that love.

Your church should be doing the same.

Does yours?


Listen to the song of the day “God’s Love Is All You Need” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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