“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.”
WOW. For these being the two most important commandments... I'm not doing so well. Jesus spelled it out so plainly yet I feel like so many of us are failing miserably at both of these commandments.. I know I am.
First off, we are supposed to love the Lord with ALL of our hearts, souls, and minds.
Think about a person that you love with your whole heart. You would do anything for them, right? You want to spend all of your time with them, right?
Duh.. I mean that's obvious.
But how come I can't seem to give the MAKER of the earth the time of day?
I am constantly shrugging Him off.
It's actually devastating that time and time again I have thrown God under all of the people on this earth that I love.
Second, were supposed to be loving our neighbor as ourselves.
Quite honestly, there are people in my life that I don't really want to love.
Well... guess what? IT DOESN'T MATTER if we want to love them or not. We have to.
It is a command. The greatest.
If we continue on with this... 'I'll only love the people that I want to love' stuff, then how are we any different then someone who isn't following Christ?
I really believe that we need to transform the way that we look at things.
Christianity is not a feel good religion.
So yes, that means loving the "christian" who acts nothing like a christian,
that means loving the people that disgust you,
that means loving the people you don't understand,
that means loving those who have seriously wronged you,
that means loving those who disrespect you over and over again,
that means loving your worst enemy
Trust me, my flesh doesn't want to love the way that we are called to. It's easier and way more comfortable to just sit back and do nothing. But we are called to a higher standard then everyone else.
So if were going to profess it, then lets live it.