God's Open Door Policy
by Bob Valleau
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Most of the corporate world, and even the military, has standing operating procedures. In fact, the military is known for its rules and regulations that have serious consequences if not followed to the letter. Two benefits of working in such a structured environment are order and protocol. Guidelines exist on what to do in nearly every situation. And if complications do arise, a standing open-door policy can be exercised for additional guidance and help.
God has a standing open-door policy no matter the time or day. And He has only two policies (or commandments) to follow: 1.) Love Him; 2.) Love Your Neighbor. (Matthew 22:37-40). Sometimes, we can violate or ignore these policies and find ourselves in a difficult situation. Choosing to follow our own selfish desires can alienate us from God or others.
Godís open-door policy applies to everyone -- believers and unbelievers alike. For believers, He is an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 41:6). For unbelievers, all that call upon His name shall be saved (Romans 10:13).
Let us thank God each day for being faithful to His promises and for leaving His door open -- a policy secured when His Son, Jesus Christ, died upon the cross for you and me.
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Yes, you are right. Loving Him means accepting Him and his plans for our lives. Loving others can only be fully realized if we love Him. The two are inseparable. I know some who say they love Jesus, but yet they hate some particular individuals. To me, that does not add up to true love for Christ. Thank you for submitting this. God bless.