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Commandment To Love

John 15:9-12

9As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, abide in his love.

11These things I have spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Lesson:

Jesus gave us a main commandment which is to love one another as He loves us. He has no conditions on His love for us. Meaning He loves us with a love like a mother. You know how your mother loves you no matter who you are or what you have done. God loves us even when we do wrong but He sends His word for us to get it right. He does not want us to continue to walk blind in our sin. And He does not want us to continue on a path of destruction.

We love people with conditions, with the main condition being, if you hurt me in any kind of way or you don’t treat me the way I feel you should treat me then I won’t love you anymore. But Jesus loves unconditionally, meaning no matter how we treat Him, He still loves and cares for us. And we do Him wrong everyday, we turn our backs on Him, we act like we don’t need Him and we say hurtful things to Him or about Him. Yes we are all guilty of one or all of these in some kind of way. That does not mean that we do always do it intentionally but we do it none the less.

Lives can be changed if we will follow this commandment that was given to us. Love can break a multitude of evil down if we use it the same way God used it when He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins. The same way Jesus uses it as He sits on the right hand of His Father forever making intercession for us.

My question to you today is, “Can you love the way Jesus loves?”

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The First and Great Commandment

Love is quote by Dorlita Blakely

Matthew 22:36-38 (KJV)

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

The great commandment IS the greatest and best commandment given to live a full life in Christ. If we can follow this commandment it would make most all of our lives fall in line with the will of God. Why? Because if we love Him above all things we would obey Him in all things. We would be intimate with Him even more than we are with others in our various relationships.

Love – is an intense feeling, and expression or deep affection as defined by some dictionaries. But above all of those, deep in our hearts we know that love is an action. Love is what we do and when we love God with all of our heart, mind, and soul it becomes who we are.

There is no greater teacher or example of what love is than God who gave is Son for us. And then shows us grace and mercy everyday, even when we won’t acknowledge Him, we turn our backs on Him or we fail Him. He still loves us and calls us to Him to be joint heirs of an inheritance of which the likes we have never seen. And all we have to do to receive the abundance of life an riches in glory is to believe in Him who gave His life to save us. To believe in the absence of evidence that HE IS. To trust and be absolutely confident in who He is.

Hebrews 11:1-3 (Children’s Bible) – Now faith is the confidence that we shall receive the things for which we hope, the proof of the reality of things we do not see. It was because of their faith that the men of old were approved by God. Through faith we know that the universe was made perfect by God’s command and that what is seen was made out of what is not seen.

There is security and hope in Christ. There is protection and promises fulfilled in Christ. There is compassion and love in Christ. We may not see it all of the time, but we believe it. I will leave you with this:

1 Corinthians 13:13 (KJV)

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.