All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments
(Keeping this short and as simple as I can understand)
Jesus said to him, “you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40 NIV)
When the Pharisees asked, they were given the most simplest answer Jesus knew would capture their hearts. “Love!” He did not make a long speech, preach or teach because love was it. But, this answer wasn’t quite what the Pharisees expected (and I’m just guessing here). Maybe he even wondered, “what does love have to do with all of this?”
In reading and studying on love, although a short time thus far, I could not go on without knowing what love really has to do with how we live our lives. Guess what!?!? It has everything to do with it! We’re taught to follow commands really all throughout life. Yet this command seems to have been scooped under the rug. It’s time to remove the rug and bare this fruit daily. Afterall, we should gladly desire to know and want to obey, first, the most greatest command of all.
What is love? I’m glad you asked:
It does not fail! This means we must continue daily to not just give love but be love. It takes a lot of prayer and patience, however, it’s definitely worth the loving outcome.
You’ve been through many struggles, and under sins attack; sins forgiven forever, no longer looking back. Though you’ve had so much pain and sometimes felt you had nowhere to turn, God has been right there with you; he knows your every move. He hears you when you call. He see’s that your heart is pure as you’ve given it all to him. He’s guiding you into your purpose. Shaping and molding you. Making you over again. You’ve put away childish things and it’s been a joy for you to share the joy of God with others. In your heart and with all your might you’ve given your life to Jesus because he gave his life for you. Accepting your calling to do works for the Lord changes your life completely; you’re never ever the same! Loving others freely and requiring nothing in return has others leaning towards the love of Jesus and praising his Holy name. Don’t stop here…you’ve stepped into your purpose. Keep pressing your way. Allow the holy spirit to lead and guide you every step of the way (I pray). When the Dear Lord calls you home with him, be prepared to rejoice forevermore as you hear the words of the KING, “your purpose is complete, well done my good and faithful servant…well done!”
**ImmaBme – PammyG**
Over the past year I have had a lot of time to renew my mind with the Word of God. Prior to this, I did not know I was just a confused child of God. I’d start my day with prayer and would pray every now and then but that was always quick. Never did I see it as “being ungrateful.” After a while, it just seemed like a routine I could lessen. Shame on me. A preachers kid…brought up in church…surrounded by prayer warriors. I faded out prayer because I was hurting and felt God was punishing me. So, in return, I wasn’t going to pray. Joke on me!
Slowly, and for days, every moment seemed miserable. I honestly wanted to give up on life. Until one day, while going through this unknown illness for almost a year (now diagnosed as Gastroparesis) put me on my knees in prayer. I couldn’t eat or sleep and had just started a new job so I had no health insurance. My relationship with those around me became affected. Yet, everyone was praying for me. After a few days of my mom pleading and praying for me to come home, I gave in. I didn’t want to leave my honey and kids in another state just to get help; but, no help was being provided to me here in my own state. While at mom’s and around my family, I felt lost and loved at once. All I could do and wanted to do was pray – pray for change. I found myself often times alone reading the Bible and praying. I started reading inspirational books and found myself praying suggested prayers. My whole attitude started changing. Although this illness brought me way down, I started remembering what I read and was able to smile, even when I didn’t feel like it.
All I could do was pray. Soon, my prayers became “thank you Jesus for dying for me for you went through far more than I ever will.” When the pain is so bad, I pray sincerely for strength and God eases my pain. I know he doesn’t have to because it’s His will and never my own. It’s been a long road yet he still gives me breath.
Because of his unconditional love and the many letters in his Word, I know my God has a plan for me. I’m like this different person now. All because I chose to sincerely pray for a closer walk with Jesus. I just want to love everybody the way God loves me! I shall continue to pray, without ceasing. I’ve always wanted God to use me for his service. When I became sincere doors began to open. I SMILE big now because here I am sharing with you which is something I’d never do. My honey and I have been members of a local church for a little while now but God is truly using us to be a help to others. We have the perfect church family :).
I pray God continues to use us together in doing His will. I am a true believer in the power of sincere prayer! May your prayers to Him be sincere for he knows the desires of your heart, and your prayers will be answered, if it be HIS will.
As the days go on, I find it so uplifting being able to sit and talk to my honey about someone far more amazing than anyone else with whom I am so in love with…CHRIST! The way we have grown spiritually has been such a great thing that I want to share it with everyone. But, still keeping our relationship special :). Being spiritually connected is very important to me. Your relationship with anyone can’t really work spiritually unless you’re constantly renewing your mind and studying your Bible to show yourself approved. In doing this together, we remain grounded in biblical love (1 Corinthians 13). That’s the love which should overflow to others around us.
Many of us strive so hard to teach our children in the way they should go. Do we not remember the times we ourselves were children and what drove us away from wanting to understand and know whatever it was our parents were trying to instill in us? Always done out of love. Be it all we knew was just because they went through it didn’t mean we’d go through it too. Often, we find out the hard way. For me to put my kids and their lives in the hands of God and allow him to finish the good works he started in them, I had to take a step back. We must always put our kids first in giving them and every situation to God. It’s like being pulled from a deck of cards – each of us special. God pulls us out and looks at us individually. He loves us each the same yet our relationship with him is different. In this relationship, we’ve chosen to keep God first and it’s been amazing. I pray that your personal relationship with God is the foundation of all your relationships.
*ImmaBme – PammyG*