Mark 12: 30-31
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.’
31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
Jesus gave them a new commandment of love that summed up the whole essence of the Commandments He had given to Moses in the Old Testament.
Disciples of different teachers were known by their habits, creeds, and rites in the Old Testament.
This is such a powerful quote. Jesus loved everyone he came in contact with, but that didn’t always mean he agreed with what they did. His main goal was to lead them to repent of their sins and show them what a radically changed life they could have if they accepted what He offered them.
He wanted to free them of the terrible rules and regulations the Jewish hierarchy had imposed upon them. They were drowning in religion and God had long ago become just a set of rules to follow. Most of them were probably devout in their religion but the meaning of who God was to them had been lost in the over 600 detailed laws that had been added to the Law of Moses.
Jesus came to show them a new way of doing things, and also how to truly love their fellow man in the right way to help them grow and mature as a Christian.
Real love is doing what is best for the other person – not just giving them what they think they want at the time. Sometimes God has to say NO to our selfish prayers because He knows if He give us certain things it will not be good for us and will draw us away from Him. All parents who truly love their children must tell them they can’t do certain things because they love them enough to keep them away from something that could destroy them in the long run.
If you love your child that much, remember that God loves you even more and wants what is best for you. Just like you must discipline your own child, God loves you enough to discipline you when needed. He knows it’s for your best, just like you do for your own child.
Ask God to help you truly love the people you come in contact with each day. They need to see true Christians who live differently from the world and who have a peace that they don’t understand, but desperately want.
They need to see people who truly love God, but are not bound by the terrible oppression of just following a set of religious rules that make them feel they are pleasing Him just by following them.
Religion chokes and oppresses you – but God sets you free to live for Him and do supernatural things that will last for eternity. Which one do you choose?
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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