Matthew 22:37-40 (New King James Version)
37 Jesus said to him, You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.
The New Testament reduces the laws of the Old Testament to one overriding rule: love. If you want to know what true love is, you only need to study God's behavior toward you. God is generous, forbearing, kind, faithful, supportive, nurturing, forgiving, and just. He is everything you want and need.
You exist in God and know God through your own acts of love in the world. He is in the face of everyone you reach out to, no matter from what station in life he or she might come. His love is in your gentle word to a friend in pain, in the simple work of making a home for your family, and in the kindness you show a stranger. When you live in love, you become more and more like God.
God, fill my heart with love for you and for those whose lives I touch each day. Thank you for first loving me and showing me how to love others. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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