When Israel found themselves in times of testing, the Lord would use those times to know the heart of His people, to see if they would keep His commands. (See Deuteronomy 8:2)
The Lord Jesus left us with one simple—not easy—command. Love.
Love the LORD your God.
Love one another.
Love your neighbor as yourself.
Love your enemies.
We find ourselves in a time of testing today.
Our world is full of people for us to hate.
THEM, for instance.
It’s pretty standard practice to hate THEM. In fact, in the world’s eyes, you have the moral high ground if you hate THEM.
But who are THEY?
I guess it depends on where you’re standing, doesn’t it?
ISIS (ok - that’s an easy one)
The under-educated white men of America
The gun owners
Yep - we sure can hate, especially THEM.
But the command doesn’t say don’t hate. It says love. And the love God calls us to is not some passive non-aggression. It active.
Check out the ultimate definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
Is not jealous
Does not brag
Is not arrogant
Does not act unbecomingly
Does not seek its own
Is not provoked
Does not take into account a wrong suffered
Does not rejoice in unrighteousness
Rejoices with the truth
Bears all things
Believes all things
Hopes all things
Endures all things
So let’s bring it closer to home.
What about your family? What about those closest to you, neighbors, co-workers, customers, vendors, class-mates?
Are you loving THEM?
Man, I thought that Jesus’ law was going to be easier than the Old Testament law where I had to be Kosher and do all that feasting and fasting and sacrificing.
But no. The love Jesus calls us to is a full contact sport. Unlike many of the Old Testament commands, it's not just a list of don'ts. In fact, Jesus said it this way,
"And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. - Luke 6:31 NKJV
The best definition I know for this kind of love—this agape love—is this.
Love actively seeks the best outcome for its object.
This LOVE command is a doozy!
Lord, again, I find myself in need of Your help to do Your will. Help me to be a lover, actively seeking the best for those you’ve put in my life. I can’t do it without You Lord. Help Lord.
Thanks for stopping by.
Let’s walk in love today,
See you again soon,