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Day 15 - All You Need is Love, as Commanded!

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

“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.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)

When ending a phone call with a loved one, people usually say “I love you”, truly loving that person with which they just had a conversation. But, have you ever said it accidentally to someone you barely know as you hung up the phone?  This has probably happened to most of us, and we are left feeling either embarrassed or awkward. We spend the next few minutes thinking, “What did I just say?”, or “Did I say that? No, I don’t think so”. Sounds funny, right?  We all have had those types of moments.

We might not feel quite as embarrassed if we stop to consider that God commands us to love everyone.  We must love Him first and foremost, then ourselves and our neighbors.  Who are our neighbors? All the people of the world, that’s who. “For God so loved ‘the world’, that He gave his one and only Son…”. How powerful is that message.  You might be asking, “who is ‘the world’”?  Well, Jesus made it clear: EVERYONE.

Your neighbor is the person you see and talk to. Your neighbor is the person talking on the cell phone while driving next to you.  Your neighbor is the person cursing the sales clerk at the store.  Your neighbor is the person 12 chairs away, and across the sanctuary, at church every Sunday. Again, God is very clear, your neighbor is everyone.

When people learn to love as God has loved us, we truly become free.  We then shed all our inhibitions, all our prejudices, all our hatred, and every other negative feeling, so that we can commune with our fellow man.  As Christians, we want everyone in the world to know that we are seeking the Kingdom of God, and want them all to join in with us.  So the next time you accidentally tell someone “I love you”, just remember that’s exactly what we are commanded to do.

Dear Heavenly Father, I worship and adore You.  I know that Your presence in my life makes me a better person and allows me to show my love towards You, and to the world.  Father, I ask that You watch my heart, so that I can share Your love outwardly to others. Let Your love shine through me, showing the world that You are the ONE.  I love You Lord and look to You in all things.  In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN!

—  Todd Noël

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