God is Love

I now see that a genuine relationship with the Lord begins with acknowledging that I have not loved God and I have not loved my neighbor.  In fact, I have been largely indifferent to both God and most of the people around me.

This devotional is part of the Awakening series. It accompanies the song “God is Love.”

SONG – GOD IS LOVE 

Verse 1:

(God is Love

His love is patient

God is Love

His love is kind and) X2

God’s Love

Enduring all things

God’s Love

Believing all things

And though these three remain

Faith, hope and love

The greatest of these is love.

 

Verse 2: 

The greatest command

Is to love the Lord with

All of your heart

and  mind and strength and

The greatest command

Is to love the Lord with

All of your heart

and mind and strength

The second command

Is to love your brother

That we lay down our lives for each other

It’s by our love that we show

It’s by our love the world knows

We’re sons of God.

Bridge

And God has given you as a gift to me

And from now on, we’ll walk a common destiny

And God has given you as a gift to me

And from now on, I’ll love you unconditionally 

 

(God is Love

His love is patient

God is Love

His love is kind and) X2

God’s Love

Enduring all things

God’s Love

Believing all things

And though these three remain

Faith, hope and love

The greatest of these is love.


Scripture Reading

 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”  Luke 10:25-37, NLT

 “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.” Matthew 22:36-40, NLT

 

Recently, one of the big news networks in the United States (ABC News) tweeted  “Good Samaritans rescue diver who washed up on West Palm Beach Florida, amidst Hurricane Irma.”

It is Jesus who gave the world the definition of ‘Good Samaritan’.  Faced with the command  “love your neighbor” a religious leader decides to ask Jesus to define exactly who qualified to be a “neighbor.”  Jesus tells a story in which Jewish religious leaders refuse to assist a fellow Jew who has been hurt by robbers and left to die by the road. A Samaritan –  a people the Jews despised – does the unimaginable – he goes out of his way to help him. The story drove home the fact that everyone around us– regardless of background or beliefs – is our neighbour and that’s who we are to love.

It is possible to be very religious and know alot about the Bible yet lack the most important thing – love.  I too, have fallen prey to being religious whilst failing to show practical love when it was in my power to do so. And I usually come up with a number of excuses that sound quite convincing at the time…

We need to guard against indifference towards others.  Indifference leads to injustice.  Injustice exists because we disregard the two Greatest Commandments: We do not love our Creator, and we do not love our neighbor as we love ourselves.

Before Jesus  gave up His life to purchase our forgiveness, Jesus reminded His disciples of a startling fact – that people would believe that He was the Son of God if their relationships reflected the kind of love that He had shown them – a sacrificial, unconditional, enduring love.

It simply isn’t possible to overstate the importance of love! The Greatest is love!

1 Corinthians 13: 13 ” Three things will last forever, faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.”

 

 

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