One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “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 neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matt.22:35-40
Jesus clearly made us to understand that our relationship with Him is based on love and only through love can we meet the requirements of becoming sons and daughters of God. The old covenant was based on meeting the requirements of the law (an endless list of do’s and don’ts). All these are met with just one law in the new covenant – The Law of Love.
Jhn.3:16 shows us that love compelled Jesus to come for us and, that is all He requires from us to please Him.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Gal.2:20
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Jhn.13:34-35
It is so obvious that if I am not walking in love, I cannot claim to be a follower and cannot even please Him. No wonder John the beloved in his writings made the following striking statements about the love relationship that we should have with God:
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1Jhn.4:7-12
Only by our loving relationship with God, which is demonstrated in how we relate with other people, can we attract others to the Cross. Today, several people serving God consider their needs being met as the only motivation and little wonder they have experienced frustrations in their walk with God. It takes love to move His attention in our direction; it takes love to make our service acceptable to Him; and it takes love for His power to be made manifest in us.
If I am not in love, I do not know Him and I am not born of Him, because like begets like. If God is love, it follows that everyone that is born of Him must also have the same force of love as their motivation. Anything can bring us to the cross, but it takes love to remain with Him till the end.
Our love for God is what qualifies us for God’s ultimate blessings and positions us for kingdom responsibilities. Remember, after Peter’s denial, the only question Jesus asked to reinstate Him was the question of love.
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, …… the third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Jhn.21:15-17
Your love for God opens to you doors of endless encounters of grace. Embrace Him today and always.
You are blessed.