Isn't it cool how the words of long ago are still alive today?
I love that I can read something in the word and it beams a light on situations I may be facing.
It's one of the best things about following Jesus.
He speaks through his written word.
If I let him.
Sometimes.... I confess I don't want to hear it.
It may hurt.
I may have to change.
But when I surrender and realize he is speaking to me....
I do change.
And everyone is pleased. :)
And really shouldn't that be who I want to please?
This morning he spoke to me from these words of old...
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[e] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12
Sounds simple right?
So why is it so hard?
We, of course, say we do... And we may try. But when it's so cut and dry I wonder if I'm doing it right.
And I see that I have room to grow.
What Does loving God look like?
Dependence. Obedience. Relationship. Trust. And....Faith
Not just a law keeper but a true believer. Someone who walks by Faith.
He says "step out" and I say "I will".
He says "be still" and I say " I will."
He says "wait" and I say "how long"...what? I meant "I will".
By Faith.. looking to the one who began a good work to complete what he has started. In his time.
And then we've got the tricky little loving others as we love ourselves.
What does this mean?
It means my speech will include only things that I would want someone to say of me.
It means I will recognize needs around me and reach to help.
It means I will share your burden as I would want mine to be carried.
It means I will forgive you as I would want you to forgive me.
If I focus more on how I am helping others than how they are helping me...I will not fall into the snare of loving others only so they will love me.
If my perspective remains on speaking only things of others outside of their presence as I would with them in the room... It helps me to remain pure in my speech.
The heart issue is this...do I have pure love for God and people I rub elbows with?
They go hand in hand.
Remember that Sunday School Song...
JOY JOY must be...JESUS first...Yourself last...Others in between.
When I live my life like this...it brings joy.
When I live to please myself first and then squeeze everything else in when I get around to it, I become selfish and me centered.
Living in this way...
Waking up with the thought, "God what can I do today that will bring you the most Glory?"
This normally, automatically brings others to mind.
Who does he want me to love on today?
What pleases him is that we have a listening relationship to him that recognizes his great love for all mankind and we in turn can love the people he created.
Today this is my hearts cry...Make me a lover of all people. Not just the nice ones. But the hard ones to love. The ones who hurt me. And the ones who smell. The ones who I don't get. And the ones who don't get me. Let me love with pureness of heart. Forgive me for my lack of love. Forgive me for my self focus. Fill me with your power that I may love as you do!
Give me a heart like yours O God!