Clearly God wants us to love Him with our all and love others as we love ourselves. When we teach the children He has entrusted to us about love, this is what we need to teach them - to love God and all others with their all.
So, what does this love Jesus talked about look like? Well, in 1 Corinthians 13 we find a clear description for us . . .
Love rejoices in the truth, Love never fails!We are able to clearly see Jesus wants us to love God and others with our all and the Bible gives us an equally clear view of what love is and does - as well as what it does not do. In John 14:15 Jesus told His disciples if they loved Him, they would keep His commandments - this is true for us as well. If we love Him, we will do what He wants us to do. In John 13:35 it tells us -
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.Loving God means we obey Him. Loving others shows we belong to Jesus. Certainly we have no problem agreeing it is essential for us to model and live as people who love God and others with our all.
It only takes a brief visit to facebook, or any social media, for us to see today there is a very real, sad shortage of love. With both Covid-19 and an election year upon us, the posts - even from people who love God - show a serious lack of love for others.
We need to remember the things Jesus told us - love God and love all others, if we love Him, we will obey Him, and when we love others we show we belong to Him. These are the most important things for us to do; but are we? When we talk about leaders in a way which disparages and shows disrespect for them, we are not showing love. When we refuse to follow the directions from our leaders about keeping a distance and wearing a face mask, we are not showing love to our leaders, or our neighbors, families, or co-workers. When we do not care about people who do not look like us, or do not live in our neighborhoods, we are not showing love to all others.
Our grandchildren - especially if they are teens and/or young adults - will notice the things we post, share, re-post on facebook and other social media. Do those things show we love God and all others with our all? Do they show we love Him, we obey Him, and the way we love others show we belong to Him? If they do not, then we are paying an extremely high price to, "exercise our freedom to share our own opinions". These unloving comments may turn the ones we love the most away from a walk with God. Are there any opinions we have which are worth this price?
Put loving God with your all at the top of your list of most important things for you to do and then loving all others right after it. Do not allow sharing negative posts about leaders take precedence. With Covid-19 around for some time to come and the election about to take a more prominent place in the evening news - please remember . . . there are people you love who may not be walking with God who will see what you post on social media. Are you opinions about the pandemic and election worth turning them away from God?
Love God and others with your all and live in a way which shows you do . . . doing so will teach the things which matter the most to the ones you love, and do so in the very best way.
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