The Greatest of These (Morning Statement of Faith #6)

love-01This post is the final post in a series on the five things I need to remind myself of every morning. Click here to read the entire series.\

The fifth “Morning Statement of Faith” that I decided on really should be the first. It reads, “Today I commit myself to love God with all my heart, soul, and mind, and to love others as much as I love myself.” This, of course, are the two greatest commandments according to Jesus – who is the person who would know. (Matt. 22:36-40) And ultimately, this is what it all comes down to, right? Do we love God with everything we are and do we love others as much as ourselves?

Unfortunately, love seems to be in short supply these days. In the midst of an absolutely brutal political election season, are you feeling a lot of love out in the world? When you scroll through your facebook feed, do you get a warm fuzzy feeling from all the love you read there? Are your conversations with other people usually filled with feelings of love or something else? No – I would guess you are just like me and aren’t feeling the love out there and aren’t really loving like you should either.

Christians and the “church” should be known for our love. That should be the first thing people notice about a Christian – the first word they think of when they are asked to describe us. Jesus told his disciples that the world would know they were His followers because of their love. (John 13:35) In a world that (at least to my eyes and ears) is increasingly filled with hatred and suspicion, a person who loves as Christ loves should stick out like a floodlight in a dark alley. A Christian should look different than the world. I leave it to you to evaluate if that is happening.

And it has to start with us individually. It doesn’t matter that I can point to all of these people around me and gripe about how unloving they are. If I am interested in doing what Jesus wants me to do, I must be committed to love God and love others. It’s as if Jesus says, “I know there seem to be a lot of rules in the Bible for holy living. Here’s the two you need to start with: Love God. Love others as much as yourself.” I haven’t got those two down yet, so I have to recommit myself daily to loving God and letting Christ live and love through me. Once I have this part licked, I’ll start working on everybody else’s problems.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series. It has helped me to read through these five statements of faith each morning during my quiet time. As I said in an earlier post, I anticipate adding to them or changing them from time to time as God works on my heart. I encourage you to take the time to write down three to five things that you need to be reminded of each day as God puts them on your heart.

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