The greatest commandment is simple: love God and people. I think, sometimes, it can be over-complicated because we confuse from whom the source of love comes. Guest speaker Chris Brown talked about love—more than his love for fishing or my love for a hot cup of coffee. Love is simple because the source is from God. I say that because when we love, we confuse love with other things. In overcomplicating this commandment from God, we think the source of love is from something or someone. That is not the case, God showed us love first.
We love because God first loved us. As the source of love, God showed us love first by being our savior. It’s the reason for the gospel. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us so that we might know and receive his love, even when we did not deserve it. With Christ as our guide, we receive his love and show it to others. This is why love is an action, because knowing the source of love makes you want to share that with others. It comes from God saving us, not so we can “save” others, but this love gives others life.
25 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?” 26 Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” 27 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.’” 28 “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”
Loving God and others gives life. When we love God and connect with him, it allows his light to shine through us. It is by loving God first that his love shines through you when you do something to love others.
Do you overcomplicate God’s commandment?
Do you know God is the source of love?
In knowing that God is the source of love, what are you doing to love God and people?
Make room for God by showing up in an intentional way in someone’s life.
Serve others by participating in Second Saturday.
God, get me out of the way. Remind me that I will not find a true source of love from someone or something, nor am I the source of love. Sometimes, I overcomplicate your commandment because I confuse where the source of love is from. You are love; you are my savior. I know that now, and so I pray that I will make room for your love, and through it, do something to follow your greatest commandment. Thank you, God, that it is simple: love you with all my heart—with everything I am—and love people. It is not easy, because we confuse love with other things, but I pray in knowing this truth that you would show me what love requires of me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Rebecca Roberts, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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