This thing, love, is the core of God’s being.
You know, the first two commandments, not suggestions, which Jesus proclaimed that fulfilled ALL the law, don’t you?
Yes, love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, which is #1.
And #2, love your neighbor, you know other people in your life, love them as yourself. Simple. Not necessarily easy, actually impossible without divine supernatural assistance. That’s why we need to love God first.
Mark Twain wrote,
“It ain’t the parts of the Bible that I can’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts that I do understand.”
Like love they neighbor, right?
Let’s bear in mind, without God first loving us, without Jesus’s work on the cross, without the Gospel invitation we would all be lost for eternity due to our inheritance from our original parents; Adam and Eve. The wicked virus we know as Sin puts Covid to shame. It’s curse is way worse. It effects everyone for eternity save the cure from our Savior’s precious blood.
That’s why Christmas is such a big holiday. That’s why our whole calendar revolves around Jesus. Many people love and appreciate Him. Do you? Like BIG time?
I am persuaded that God created free will, that He made us in His image with faculties like no other of His wonderful vast and awesome creation, so that we would have the capacity to greatly experience God and deeply love Him. It all about relationship, choice and response as this powerful little Scripture enlightens us to.
Probably the most popular verse in the whole Bible speaks succinctly to this as well.
You know, John 3:16 right?
Right! (By all means, if you don’t have John 3:16 well memorized, stop now and look it up. Engrain it!)
So lets get off loving ourselves so much and get onto loving God and others (writing to me foremost).
Loving ourselves is natural. Loving God and others is supernatural!