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The Commandment Is Simply To Love

June 12, 2014


“One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with this question: ‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’  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: 35-40

There it is!  Anyway you slice it, it is all about love.  If this is true, then why do we struggle so much where it comes to love?  Many wrestle with this all important concept.  Saying they have difficulty “feeling” God’s love for them.  

I have several friends who have continual problems feeling loved and accepted by God or anyone else.  To be totally honest at times I experience periods of feeling unloved too.  For some reason many judge themselves as being unworthy of love and they have great difficulty accepting that God’s love is totally unconditional.  My struggles with love seem to be rooted in childhood issues.  Having been seriously raped and abused by my natural father has caused me to feel totally rejected by just about everyone at some point in my life.  I thank God that He has relentlessly pursued me with His love in spite of my attempts to run and hide from Him all these years.

Feelings of rejection can hinder loves power and effect in our lives.  I have dear friends who have experienced rejection from various “churches” over the years and the judgment they felt inflicted upon them impacted their ability to receive and perceive love from God for many years.  When God’s supposed “instrument” of love turns on you, it is nearly impossible to escape feeling unloved by God to a certain degree.  The fact is that the traditional religious machine rejects and devours many in it’s attempts to keep and control the masses.  Organized systems of belief serve only themselves and in them anyone is dispensable.  While true organic Bodies of love embrace everyone because they operate like a family instead of a cold hard business.

We love God because He first loved us and while we were still sinners He entered into relationship with us and He will never leave or forsake us now.  Loving Him is certainly easier than loving our neighbors, yet God asks us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.  Right there is a huge sticking point for many of us who love God. How does one effectively love their neighbor when they find great difficulty in first loving themselves?  There are no easy answers that is for sure.  However, for me it all starts and ends with the Love of Christ.  When I endeavor and surrender to spending time in the Spirit with Him…His love is magnified greatly and I am able to allow myself to be filled with a greater understanding of His affection and care for me.  And when I feel His love in and for me I have a greater potential of loving myself and then serving and loving others. It all begins and ends with love.  Love is the answer!  Feeling unworthy of love?  None of us deserve it.  It is a gift!  It is unconditional and given freely to us all by His grace and great mercy.  Jesus Loves you!  Run into His warm embrace today?

Love and….

Kirk Out !




















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  1. Jessie barbecho permalink

    That is the most powerful commandment that we have to apply on ourselves…i feel unloved by my parents bcoz i grew up with my grandma…and i feel unloved when my husband find other woman….love is a gods gift that is really true!!!!If we love god we are in the ryt direction of our life….we feel peaceful and restful….god bless you and your blog mr.kirk!!!!

  2. Love one another as I have loved you. This does not mean that we have to agree or follow them. Hate the sin, not the sinner. We have all fallen short of the glory of God yet His love for us is forever.

    • Yes,
      John 13:34
      “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

      so in order to do this you think maybe we might have to discover how deep is God’s love to us.

      Romans 5:8
      But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
      Romans 8:34
      Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

      So if we see this might we start the:
      Ephesians 3:16-18

      New International Version (NIV)

      16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,

      Regardless of what has ever been done to us in the past, all are forgiven, not all have received this, and any punishment makes it worse, does not redeem, for it is God’s kindness, Love and Mercy that bring us to repent, and yes there are those that just do wrong and have no conscience. Think for a minute, if you are in the midst of this person or persons, doing you wrong and if you do not react in fear and that shows, permeates through you, what might you think changes.
      Understand fear begets fear and is enticed.
      praying for any and all that are in not well situations, to be shown the way out from underneath the evil they are trapped in.
      Thank you Father, Thank you

  3. Janet permalink

    So simple yet so difficult for many of us. When we realize how much he loves us despite our many faults and failings how can we then turn around and judge others unworthy of His love. It is truly unfathomable

    • Janet Amen and so then we begin the love thast god wants to impute in us and does by Faith, when we listen and hear he does and we see it having his love as in 1 cir 13:4-13, not to be proud of, rather to be humbled in
      too many times these verses are used for to convict one over and over, in place of receive and it becomes this love that permeates through us to all
      For how can I claim to love if:
      Luke 6:32

      New International Version (NIV)

      32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.

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