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The Commandment Is Simply To Love

March 3, 2016

Greetings,

“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 my 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 Jesus that He has relentlessly pursued me with His love in spite of my many 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, 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 Jesus 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 spend precious time in the Spirit with Him…His love is magnified greatly and I am then 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 much greater potential of loving myself and then also in turn 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!  Please run into His warm and welcoming embrace today?

Love and….

Kirk Out !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Comments
  1. Tom Ball permalink

    This was Jesus’ prime directive, wasn’t it?

    • Yes Tom Ball, IMHO even more important than the “Great commission”, but then again Love is the best way to fulfill that too.

  2. Yes, True.
    Well Said!

  3. Gary Graham permalink

    So many have never experienced love, they have no idea what real love is. Those who claim to follow Christ, are flawed and broken, and too often such poor reflections of Abba’s love. May He have mercy.
    Amazingly He finds us worthy to still carry this light!

  4. Yes Gary, it is only by HIS great grace and love that we can stand.

  5. The (trick) question put forth to Jesus was “which of the Commandments ‘in the law’ was the greatest?”
    And Jesus answered The greatest commandment ‘in the law’ is “love the Lord your God with everything you got”. The second ‘in the law’ commandment is “love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus continues with “All the law and the prophets are based on these two”.
    He answered the question just as it was asked. “which of the commandments IN THE LAW was the greatest?” And, Jesus passed the test! He was speaking to those who understood the law, who expected a law-type answer. They got one.
    However, that’s not the right answer for us!
    Couple of days later, Jesus was speaking to his disciples. Judas had left to do his thing and Jesus was alone with the 11. He gives them a NEW command-“Love one another. As I have loved so you must love one another and by doing so everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

    I like the way Wayne Jacobsen puts it-“The change might sound subtle, but it was significant. The old law depended on human effort. This new covenant began not in the efforts of man but in the nature of God himself. God is love, as John would reveal in one of his letters. We can’t even know what love is until we see it in him!”

    This is a truth that hit me a couple of years ago. Changed my outlook on life and the way I look at people in so many ways! To love God with all I had was a big push in my life. (and included a certain amount of pride ) Go go go, try try try. I don’t have to do that anymore! To love as God loved is a whole lot easier than trying to love on my own.

    ‘Let go and let God’… 🙂

    • What a great and interesting take on those passages Jayne. It sure rings true to me.

  6. Why is it that most self-described “Christians” don’t know, or won’t give a straight answer, to the following simple question?

    QUESTION:
    Is the “most important commandment” found in Deuteronomy 6, or in Leviticus 19 ?

    Poem – What is love?

    Two men came to Jesus
    With different motivations.
    They asked Him the same question
    Relevant to all the nations:

    Which is the Most Important?
    The answer was the same.
    Jesus did not manipulate
    He was not there to play a game.

    “Love the Lord your God” said Jesus
    as He quoted from The Law –
    to fulfill and not abolish
    was His purpose, full of awe.

    Jesus did not make all Scripture
    Into one new great commandment.
    He summarized The Law and Prophets
    “First and Greatest” and “The Second.”

    The Love of God is higher
    Than the love of any man.
    Receive from God, give back to God-
    Then to others, that’s His plan.

    The Love of God involves much more
    Than simply “love your fellow man.”
    Worship, trust, and pray to God,
    and obey Him – that’s His plan

    To worship and pray to neighbors,
    Whoever they may be,
    Or trust and obey our enemies
    Would be idolatry.

    The love of God is first and greatest,
    And the love of man is second.
    “All we need is love” are words
    of dead Beetles on the pavement.

    “The entire law is summed up in a single command”
    are not the words of Jesus our Salvation.
    It’s false teaching of Paul the Pharisee
    an “accuser of our brethren.”

    “Love” without God is Satan’s word through Paul
    in his chapter to the Corinthians.
    “I will show you the most excellent way”
    is the road to eternal perdition.

    Where is God in Paul’s chapter on love?
    Nowhere in view of the eye.
    Paul sings about himself like a Mexican Mariachi
    “I, I, I, I.”

    Jesus is The Most Excellent Way
    Not the words of a Pharisee.
    The words of Jesus are very clear.
    Jesus said, “You must follow ME.”

    ANSWER:
    They are not listening to Jesus of the Gospels, they are listening to Paal.

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