And he answering said, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself
- Luke 10:27
God doesn't want you to be selfish. He wants you to be loving. To be loving would always involve a giving attitude. You can't be loving without giving. God loves you so much. He loved you so much that he gave his only begotten son to die for your sins. If he could do that for you, you should reciprocate the love by loving the Lord. While you were yet in the loins of your fore-fathers, Jesus died for you. He loved you from the foundation of the world. He is love personified and God wants us to be loving as he is loving. You may want to ask - How can I love the Lord with all my heart? The answer is simple - by obeying him and living your life according to his will for your life. Loving him involves offering sacrifices, service and worship to him. It is true to say - If you truly love God, you will keep his commandments.
In Luke 10:27b, our Lord Jesus Christ also made it clear that you must love your neighbour as yourself. If you claim you love God that you do not see, then you must also love the neighbour that you see. If you despise the people that you see, how can you love God that you do not see. If you can't love your neighbour, then you can't love God. Our Lord Jesus expects you to love your neighbours as yourself. You may want to ask - who are my neighbours? In the context of the scriptures, Your neighbours are the people you meet. The people you come across. It could be on the road, in the bus, in the train, in the plane, in your working place, in school, in church, at home etc.. The Lord is asking you to love them as you love yourself. Can you do that?
Beloved, now abides these three - faith, hope and love but love is the greatest. The fruit of the Spirit is essentially love because the Spirit of the LORD is love. You can't claim to be of God without manifesting love because God himself is love.
In this season, show love to your neighbours. Show love to the poor people you meet on the street. Show love to the needy. Show love to the people you meet everyday. As you do so, you would be laying treasures for yourself in heaven and God would reward you richly. He shall cause you to enjoy the good of the land in which you work and you shall enjoy open heavens. Favour galore shall be your portion for you shall find favour before God and before men. Beloved, it shall be well with you in Jesus name. If you believe, say - amen!
Father GOD, give me the grace to love you with all of my heart and to love my fellow humans as myself. I pray with thanksgiving in Jesus name.
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