Matthew 22:37 (NIV) Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Love is a decision we make, either you choose to behave lovingly toward others or not. We either conduct ourselves in ways that enhance our relationships, or not. But make no mistake: genuine love requires effort. Simply put, if you wish to build lasting relationships, you must be willing to do your part. What are you willing to do concerning love in your relationships that reflects the character of God?
Christ’s words are clear: we are to love God first, and secondly, we are to love others as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40). These two commands are seldom easy, and because we are imperfect beings, we often fall short. But God’s Word commands us to try and to keep on trying. We often say we love God, and then we don’t know how to love ourselves! Do you love yourself in the character of God?
Point to ponder- The Kingdom journey is an exercise in love and forgiveness. If we are to walk in Christ’s footsteps, we must forgive those who have done us harm, and we must accept Christ’s love by sharing it freely with family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers. And please don’t forget to forgive yourself and learn how to love yourself!
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