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Loving Others

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV)

As Christian believers I think we can all relate to having people in our lives who don’t know the love of Jesus, both family and friends.  It can be that they have been hurt in the name of God or even by some religion.  Then there are those who simply just don’t care about knowing God — the things of this world hold the place within their hearts that rightfully belongs to God.   I think what hurts me the most is to know how they will spend all of eternity, as told in Matthew 13:31-42.  

The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:41-42 (NKJV)

We must understand it is not our job to change people — this job belongs to God alone.  Often times the more we try to change others we simply drive them in the other direction.  It is kind of like loosening a stubborn lid upon a jar — the harder you grab and twist the lid more it doesn’t move. 

I have usually found the best way to get others to listen and to want to know to the truth of God happens as they see me living out my faith — it is when my life is marked with God’s love.  This love will manifest different character traits, such as joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22).

I think it is important for us not to get enamored with this world, but instead make it a priority to keep our minds fixed upon our Lord and His will for our lives.  We know He has called us to love our neighbors as ourselves, so why wouldn’t we be concerned with the eternal destiny of others as much as our own lives?  If we see people who are in danger of eternal destruction and we don’t warn them, but instead we simply say nice things to make them feel better about themselves, this is not love. 

If we truly love others the way God has asked us to, then we will find ourselves willingly laying down our own desires and doing whatever is needed — no matter what it costs us, including being a vessel of honor in God’s hands to show them the love of Jesus, so they may be saved.   This is God’s love.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to love others in the way Jesus loves you.  Lay down your own wants, desires and even your very life, so others may personally know Jesus and be saved eternally. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 22:37-39 what are the two greatest commandments given to mankind by God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to love the people you encounter each day in the same way Jesus loves you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to remember we are only here on earth for a very short amount of time.  Let’s choose to let God love others through us as His vessels of honor. 

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, thank You for Your love upon my life.  Savior Jesus — King of Kings, help me to love others in the same way You love us.  Help me Lord, because I know that apart from You I can do nothing (John 15:5).  I ask these things in Your precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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