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 22:37-39
1. LOVE GOD. We can love because God first loved us. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, His love changes us completely. If you feel distracted or dull or if you have drifted, you can step into closeness with God again. Love grows when you spend time with Him. Take some time to turn off the phone, mute the TV, and say simply, “God, here I am. Forgive me for getting distracted. I seek You first. I trust You, Lord.”
2. LOVE YOURSELF. We can show love to others only in proportion to how much we love ourselves. If we listen to what the devil (known as the Accuser) says, then we will constantly feel like we are doing a crummy job as Christians. But if we focus on how much God loves us, then we can change the world. The battle is in our minds – so we must constantly go to the Bible to see what God says about us!
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God. Jude 1:20-21a
3. LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR. Love is value. As Christians we’re assigned to be carriers of love and to show Jesus as He really is – someone who is “a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). When we show up in work boots to help people with no other agenda but to love, it plants a seed that will germinate and grow into an awareness that God really loves them!
Press on in love,
I walk in love. I am patient, I am kind and not jealous. I don’t brag and I am not arrogant. I don’t act unbecomingly; I don’t seek my own, and I am not provoked. I don’t take into account a wrong suffered. I don’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but I rejoice with the truth. I can bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things because love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Ephesians 5:2).
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
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