Thursday, August 14, 2014

Matthew 22:37-40

Matthew 22:37-40 - Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it. ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Love is the greatest command. First toward God, then toward people. And we know that we Love because He first Loved us, but what is biblical Love?
In our day and age Love is interpreted to mean something entirely different than what it truly is. If you watch movies or read books you will see love as an overwhelming emotion. There are sayings like, “The heart wants what the heart wants.” Or we see people talking about ‘the one’, and once they find that ‘one’ all other relationships fall by the wayside.
This is a perversion of what true Love is. While emotion is a part of Love it is not the first part. If you base your Love on emotion, what happens when those emotions pass?
Instead, we must understand Love as a choice. Take Jesus for example. He Loves us more than any other, but when He was in the garden facing death, He did not ‘feel’ like Loving us. In fact He prayed that God take the responsibility from Him. When there was no other way He chose to Love us regardless of what He had to go through.
Our Love must be the same. We must Love God despite what our emotions tell us and it is the same with people. Make a choice to Love and the emotion and passion will come.

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