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December 11, 2009

Several times in the Bible there is reference to the greatest commandment. The passage that uses all four attributes of the text is found in Luke 10:27 (NIV) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”(NIV). To further define that verse it reads in the Message version: “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.” Understanding the Greek and Hebrew text better will help us define the role of how God wants us to love Him. Loving Him with all of who we are, we love the Lord with all of our heart/passion or the thoughts and choices that we have and the desires that come from them. To love the Lord with all of our soul/prayer is to love Him from the depths of who we really are. To love the Lord with all of our strength/muscle, is to use that last bit of who we are-the last of our energy by completing the race when we have nothing left. And, to love the Lord with all of our mind/intelligence is to love him will all that we have already known and to share our vision.

So let’s get started and create our list of priorities of love: 1. Love God!—end of list. Now that was easy, I just pushed my “Easy Button”. However God can not be put on a list, He is the list! Our family, friends, neighbors and whoever can not be placed on the same list as God. God deserves 100% of our love. Giving Him all of our love, every ounce of it, all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind is His expectation. So how do I love my neighbor as myself? The real question is how do we love God? We love Him by loving others and showing our love for God through loving them. We can not truly love others the way they need to be loved with out giving all of who we are and all of our love to Him. Completely loving God with all of who we are will achieve the second commandment and ultimately achieve a complete fulfillment of the Ten Commandments. Loving others is the manifestation of loving God; the more we love them the more we love Him. Do not be confused here, we have to give all of who we are to Him. When we truly give all of our love and master our true love for God then we will be able to radically change the love of this world.

As we enter into December we are reminded that “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16(NIV). He sent His son to show His love for us so as we celebrate the Christ child’s birth we can celebrate His love for us. Because of the birth of the Savior we can see that God deeply loves us and deserves to be loved. “Live it out Loud” or better yet-“LOVE it out LOUD”.

See ya next Friday.



December 11, 2009 - Posted by | Mark |

1 Comment »

  1. How timely with family events stacking up on the horizon. Can’t say I love the Lord without loving those around me.

    Comment by Amy Palitto | December 11, 2009 | Reply

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