“One of the ways we demonstrate our love for God is by demonstrating our love for our spouses”
Billy Graham, The Journey, pub. 2006 by Thomas Nelson
How do you demonstrate your love for God? Do you live His law of love towards Him, others and self?
Matthew 22:37-39 (NKJV)
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
Are you quick to encourage and lift others up when they are overwhelmed, stuck, or discouraged? Are you there to respect their abilities and lend a hand where their abilities stop and yours continue?
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
The above questions are significant because they reflect how God treats and interacts with us. He bears our burdens and sends love and encouragement to us, perhaps through an uplifting thought or psalm, or perhaps by leading someone to call or write showing you that you are not alone in your struggles. He also knows our emotional state and what gifts He has given us and is quick to encourage by taking up where we leave off to accomplish what seemed to us an impossible task.
Romans 8:35-39 (NKJV)
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Has it occurred to you that God demonstrates His love for us in the same way we demonstrate ours for Him? It’s all about transcending the self and making the others’ needs more important than our own.
Matthew 25:34-40 (NKJV)
34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.
After all, Jesus did not look forward to the pain and the suffering that the cross would bring, but He did it anyway so that the sin barrier between man and God could be removed. Can we do any less with such an example?
Matthew 26:42 (NKJV)
42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
Father God, please help me to love others as I love myself and help me to love You with all that I am and have. Help my love transcend my feelings or physical situation to benefit and bless all You send across my path. May this love be a bridge to You, and may many cross that bridge. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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