We have THREE major Love Commandments direct from the lips of our Lord and Master!! Most folks know the first two of these, but some seem unaware of the high importance of the third. Then of course, sadly there are those of us who don't seem to ever manage to obey any of the three!! Oh, and every time "love" is mentioned below it is always agape (God's special love). Here are the first two Commandments. Jesus spoke:
MARK 12:30 "And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. This is the first commandment." Are you like I was for SO long? I read this commandment that Jesus said is #1, promptly thought: well that's certainly impossible to do! - and that was it! *erps!!!* In time I realised that "commandment" means, well, "commandment", and that I better have a rethink about it all! Thus I now KNOW that you and I CAN love God with our whole heart (as via His Spirit I now do). And we ALL better work towards doing so if we ever hope to PLEASE Him, and really and truly and personally actually get to KNOW Him!! Plus... what's not to love!!!!
31 "And the second, like it, is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these." Now THAT can certainly be more difficult!! - we're to love everyone else, along with ourself. So God's COMMAND to love others is the 2nd most important one in the whole universe!! BUT... 1 JOHN 4:20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? What a wow of a point John is making here!! So do I really love God? - well, NO! - NOT unless I agape others!!
Having trouble loving others? That's a JOB for the Holy Spirit in you!! He can, and He will give you LOVE for them, help you to FORGIVE them if need be, and give you a CARING heart for others. Do you think it's really an ACCIDENT that God wrote the very first aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit as... (click) Galatians 5:22-23. To love others, keep praying to get Filled with the Spirit, and keep praying for more love according to Galatians 5:22. There's no shortcut to this, same as there's no shortcut to any other important thing you're wanting to do to grow towards maturity in Christ! Rome wasn't built in a day. Neither has Bondman been!! Nor will you be!! Work away. Don't get tired with it all, and don't ever quit!
Continued in Part B...
- BM (with his Lady)