Good morning everyone and welcome to the weekend! Another full week of fun and games at that thing we call life. Things are starting to look up here at the ole Fischer corral; my Bride is recovering nicely, I am over that silly head cold, we have food in our house, and we are warm from the cold. How much more could I ask for?
My family is blessed beyond imagination; hence my topic today “Have We Forgotten”? Forgotten what? I’m glad you asked!
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”Matthew 22:36-40
Love…We have forgotten love. Sounds too simple right? I mean, God has called us to so much; how can our mission be so simple? Well, in this crazy world in which we find ourselves today, Satan has done a great job of clouding our minds to make us forget the importance of this passage above.
See if we don’t love God with all our heart, soul, and mind and then love each other as we would love ourselves, NOTHING else matters. Are you hearing me this morning? NOTHING. Why? Well people always forget the last part of this passage…ALL the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. ALL of it!
Your ministry, your blogs, your career, your good intentions, NOTHING else matters if you first haven’t mastered these two simple acts. See people say things like, “We are called to judge”, “We are called to hold people accountable” and my personal favorite “I can love them but not hang around them”. Really?
Yes, we are called to do so much more; the New Testament is filled with teachings and commands that Jesus has for us; BUT if we haven’t taken these first two commands to heart and applied them, none of it matters. It’s like going from First Grade to Harvard without knowing how to read and write. It doesn’t work and neither does our actions when we try and live the Bible without love; that is the problem.
P.S. This includes the judgment or the "let's wait and see" attitude of people with checkered pasts professing their new found love for Christ. Be better saints!!
Love, not just any love, but the Agape Love that Christ showed us on the Cross. Can we do that? Can we stop the madness and just love God and others today? Once we master that, all the other things fall into line. Satan has also done a good job of making us forget where we came from; do you not remember what a wretch you were before Christ? Do you not understand that in fact you still would be if it were not for the saving Blood of Christ?
Step out in faith today friends and just love. God has shown you how, now just do it. Move beyond YOU and get back to what He has called us to do. Amen?
Agape Love my friends,