seek first to love

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
[Matthew 6:31-33 ESV]

The operative word in these verses is "seek".
Interesting that Jesus does not say seek God.
He says to seek things that are in accordance with his kingdom and his righteousness.

I think that it is always wise to know that not all who seek God seek him in accordance with righteous kingdom principles. I think that Paul gives us a picture of what this looks like when he says:
Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. … For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. … For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Interesting that Paul speaks to the issue of judging people by what they eat and drink.
Jesus says it is not about food, drink and clothing.
Paul elaborates about this and tells us that it the issue is walking in love.

Love is the currency of the kingdom of God.
Love is at the core of being righteous.
When we seek first to love we seek God's kingdom and righteousness.

I do not need things Lord. I need you. Fill me afresh with your love.

... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.

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