Mark 12:28-31, And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Our Lord Jesus made it very clear to all who would hear that loving God with every fiber of our being and loving others is not an option to be considered, but an obligation to be carried out by the people of God each and every day.
These two commandments are the greatest and most important commandments given by God and to be obeyed by His people. And, unfortunately, more often than not, the most neglected!
Years ago, there was a secular song that said, “What the world needs now, is love sweet love.” The song wasn’t about the need in the world for the love of God, but that is what the world so desperately needs.
As Leonard Ravenhill once said, “We don’t need a new definition of Christianity, we need a new demonstration of Christianity,” and that will only come when God’s people are willing to love Him with all of their hearts, love one another, love a lost and dying world, and even love their enemies.
As the world gets darker and darker, it is imperative that God’s people shine brighter and brighter. And, this will only happen if we choose to live, love, and serve like Jesus, and in the power of Jesus!
As someone has rightly said, “Don’t curse the darkness (we are really good at that), light a candle!” I don’t know about you, I have spent far too much of my life cursing the darkness, I want to light a candle by expressing the life, light, and love of Jesus Christ, not only to those I feel comfortable to be around, but to all who I come into contact with.
If we love the people who are the most difficult to love (like our enemies), then we may find that loving everyone else isn’t nearly as difficult. And, it is our responsibility it’s commanded!