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Love is in the Air

February 14, 2014

heartThe Christian life is about love. Period. End of discussion. I know this because the guy who I said I would follow said it was so.

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.

Mark 12:28-34

Paul put it like this.

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Romans 13:8-10

Can I ask you to notice something on Valentine’s Day? Paul says that not murdering and not sleeping with another man’s wife is an act of love. I think too many Christians miss this. They think we don’t sin as if that is what being a follower of Jesus is all about. We seek not to sin because we know it is an act of love towards our neighbor. So drunkenness is a sin to be avoided because it harms our neighbor. Lying to another does the same.

For to many Christians not getting drunk is a source of pride, look I’m holy. It is not understood as an act of love. Christians motivated not by love for others but having their own best life now. Not getting drunk motivated by love of selfI don’t want it to harm me. Yes we are not to be drunk on wine but that is out of love for our neighbor.

Jesus saves us and asks us to live a life of love towards God and others. That is it. All that our story is to be about. We get involved in so much not motivated out of love for others. I could make a very long list.

It’s Valentine’s Day, why not show a neighbor some love today?

God bless.

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