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March 28, 2017, 9:26 AM

It's About Love

It’s About Love

At First Christian Church February is “Love Your Neighbor Month”. I don’t really know if I talk, teach and preach more about love than anything else, but I hope I do. Love IS the unique focus of our Christian faith. That priority comes directly from Jesus, who teaches us that the greatest commandment in the Bible is to love God, and the 2nd greatest commandment in the Bible is to love our neighbor as ourselves. He tells us how to do it by giving us the Golden Rule: whatever you want others to do for you, that’s what you should do for them. When asked, but who is my neighbor, Jesus makes it clear that we can’t get away with hating anyone. He says others have told you to love your neighbor and hate your enemy, but I say love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your heavenly Father!

What the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippian Christians about joy he could as well have said about love: “Love in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.” (Philippians 3:1)

Don’t lose me here. Don’t think, I have heard this before It’s nothing new. That’s not quite true. The purpose of life is to love. If that seems easy and simple I am pretty sure you haven’t tried it, and you aren’t doing it. If you feel challenged by Jesus’ command—Paul calls love your neighbor “the Law of Christ”—then you are probably on the right track. This is really life-changing, and in a good way. It enhances our life when we try to love someone who is, well, unlovable. And, like Paul tells the Corinthians, love never ends.

This month, pick a neighbor. And love them. They will benefit from it. And so will you!


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