20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and that life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Then He said, “Take now your son, your only sonIsaac, whom you love, and go to the
, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the
mountains of which I shall tell you.” land of Moriah
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the lovehe had for her.
You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shalllove your neighbor as yourself: I am the .
The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the your God.
You shall love the your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
Oh, love the , all you His saints! For the preserves the faithful, And fully repays the proud person.
But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
My Comments: When we become Christ’s and the Children of God we put off our own selves of wanting everything for ourselves. We have put on Christ Jesus and He is in us and we now can love unselfishly and completely with His love. We no longer desire to walk our own way. We desire to fulfill the will of He who created and sacrificed everything for us. His was the greatest love and He showed us how to love without thinking of us first or even at all.
Many a marriage, family and even business association, is broken because two or more people refuse to follow the command of God to love. It is not a feeling it is a command to action. The action of love requires one to put others first; our spouses, family, church body, community. Now do not get me wrong I am not saying one becomes a door mat to others. We can and often must say, “No” when asked to do for others, yet we pray first and ask the Lord to guide us. The Lord often went off by Himself to renew His connection to the Father. This is love as well. He and we can not do for others well without taking care of our needs as well. You will notice I said needs, not, wants or desires. If one is married this is the progression: God always first (I am not talking about go to church but God is first), then your spouse and you (you need to be one in all things), children (you do not bow to their wants but raise them up to know God and respect parents and love all peoples), then others. But love is action.
Love is what we should have when others are not loveable. When the guy pushes his shopping cart in front of you in line smile and be love. When the driver on the freeway nearly or even hits you then love. When your spouse says mean things you are to love them anyway. We do not love because we think we should be first, special, comforted instead, complimented, forgiven by others, given a break, treated with respect…. You name it we are about ourselves in the very depths of our souls.
That is why we need a Savior who loved us so much He gave up everything; He left His Fathers side in Heaven to be born in a lowly, smelly stable. Then had to run from where He was as a child to another country so He would not be slaughtered before His time. He grew up and was rejected, whipped, crowned with thorns, mocked, spit on by the very people who He came to save and was hung on a cross the most lowly of deaths and died for our sins. All because He loves us so much He did not want any to perish. All any have to do is confess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and died and rose on the third day for them and they will know His complete love and be able to love others as He loves them. This is His command to us. He did not tell us to "feel" love to others, He commanded us to Love others.
Abba Father, it amazes us Father that You have given us Your Son, Jesus. His sacrifices and gracious love towards all brings me to tears often. I am so thankful You love us so much that You O Lord would send Your only Son to shed His Body and Blood that we might live.
Lord Jesus, help us to be always aware of all You have done to bring us to redemption and to show Your love to all. To our loved ones, family, friends, enemies, co-workers, employers, government officials, the person who spills coffee in our lap, the person who is grouchy or mean spirited, the child who picks our favorite flowers, the neighbor whose dog annoys us, the mechanic who cheated us, everyone we come in contact with in anyway. Help us to be more like You Lord God, daily in all we think, say and do.
Holy Spirit fill us with the Love of God so we will always let Him pour through us to a hurting world. Use us to show the love of God for all. May Your Spirit, shine through us showering all with the perfect love of God. In Jesus’ blessed and Holy name I pray. Amen