Monday, November 02, 2009

WITHOUT LOVE, I AM NOTHING

Jesus said in Mark 12 that the two great commandments are to love God and to love your Neighbor as yourself.
"30 AND YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.’ 31 "The second is this, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ There are no other commandments greater than these." - Mark 12:30,31
It's a little strange that God has to command us to love Him. It should be automatic and would be if we weren't always wrestling with the selfish flesh. We have such a habit of loving ourselves first that it makes everything else including God second. We are nothing, we make ourselves nothing, when we neglect the two great commandments.

Paul in trying to focus the Church said "I am nothing" if I don't have love. To be a "nothing" or a "no one" is the irony of putting self first. Some of the "gifted" Christians were using their special abilities to puff themselves up. But no good is accomplished when the Church is not edified in the process. God wants Believers to be acting in love It takes love, it takes caring about others, for you to be a blessing to others. That's why Paul says if I can do all sorts of wonderful things, but do not have love, "I am nothing."

If we act like things in the world - "lust of the flesh, lust of eyes, the boastful pride of life - are more important than people, we shouldn't expect that people will think we are anything. If we put ourselves first, we aren't likely to be first in the lives of others. It's the painful truth that we only hurt ourselves when we don't love others. So bless yourself by remembering the 2 great commandments to love God and to love others as yourself.
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