When you consider the commandment to love, what do you think?
(Please pause and answer before you continue)
I immediately think of people: family, friends, dogs (OK, mostly people). I also think about the lonely, hungry, forgotten, and hurting. If your answer was similar, then neither of us named the most important kind of love.
Jesus replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Matthew 22 37-39 (NLT)
Above all else, love God with everything you’ve got. This is the most important commandment. Loving people is equally important, but not first.
Actor Denzel Washington is well known for his faith. When Dillard University invited him to give their 2015 commencement address, they said “don’t say Jesus at our school”. So he didn’t. Instead he told graduates “ Put. God. First. Put God first in everything you do. Everything you think you see in me, everything I’ve accomplished, everything you think I have – and I have a few things. Everything that I have is by the grace of God. Understand that. It’s a gift.” He also talked about prayer, being grateful, and making a difference.
Put. God. First
I have some work to do. How about you?
I am searching for Truth. During his trial, Jesus told Pilate “What I say is true.” (John 18:37) Please join me over the next few weeks in examining Jesus’ words as the source of Truth.
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