June 16, 2013 THE COMMAND TO LOVE
To love is to forgive. When we don’t love, we can’t forgive. When we don’t forgive, we aren’t showing love. God is love and He commands us to love one another. It is His greatest command. Satan uses the things of the world to tempt us not to love. He uses the attitudes, words and actions of others to tempt us not to love. But God doesn’t give us conditions about love. He wants us to love others no matter what. If we have trouble loving someone, we need to ask God to show us how.
Matthew 22:36-40 “’Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?’ Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.’” (NLT)
Dear Lord, You are love. You are who we need to go to every day to fill us with love so we can truly love others. We know Satan wants us to destroy and hate but that is not who you created us to be. You created us in Your image and to live as You command us to. Thank You, Lord, for who You are. You are our Father, our Creator, our Savior, our Lord. We love You and want to worship You every day because of who You are. Show us Your love, how to love and fill us with love for all no matter who they are or what they do to us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
If we don’t have the love God wants us to have for one another, we aren’t truly living the life He wants us to live.
The things that keep us from loving one another are the things of the world which Satan uses to destroy us.
Temptations create selfishness and will remove love from our hearts.
Luke 6:35-36 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.” (NLT)
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” (NLT)
If we want to live a legacy, we need to leave love behind wherever we go.
1 Corinthians 13:13 “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” (NLT)