March 28th, 2020
But the greatest of these is…Love
The greatest commandment…
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. - Matthew 22:37-39
We are told that “love is a many-splendored thing” and that “love makes the world go round” For love we will climb mountains, cross seas, traverse desert sands, and endure untold hardships. The greatest memories of our life include the memories that love alone produced. It is overpowering to remember the time I first realized that God’s love to me did not depend on who I was or what I did - but was unconditional. I remember with joy the realization that the person I loved and would eventually marry, truly loved me and was willing to devote the remainder of her life to proving it.
God made us with the innate desire to love and to be loved. This desire came straight from His heart and is no clearer seen than in John 3:16 which states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. The Apostle Paul in 1 Cor. 13 exalted love when he indicated that all human accomplishments that are not motivated by love are, firstly and lastly, empty. He concluded in the last verse that only three characters will remain: “faith hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. The distinguishing characteristic that Jesus Christ wanted his followers to have was love. In all situations, in all relationships & at all times, the Christian was to move, speak, and walk from the foundation of love.
The greatest need of all, in this time of hardship, is for each of us to realize God's unconditional, unmerited love toward us and to graciously extend this same love to all that are around us. To purposely make a difference in their lives as He has made a difference in ours.
The songwriter F.M. Lehman, writing about the love of God stated,
“The love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell; it goes beyond the highest star, and reaches to the lowest hell…Oh, Love of God, how rich and pure! How measureless and strong! It shall forevermore endure-The saints and angels song”.
Think about God’s unconditional love to you and let that be a springboard for all other relationships.
Take the time this week and meditate upon the “Love of God”. Slowly read these scriptures first. John 3:16, Romans 5:5-8;
Think of ways, especially in these times, to place into practice the command to “love the Lord thy God with all your heart, soul and mind”. List them and use them
Text, call or write a note of encouragement to someone today!
Love is like the five loaves and two fishes.
It doesn't start to multiply until you give it away.
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Pastor Rudy Oakes