You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

Matthew 22:37-39 NKJV

In our pursuit of Jesus Christ we are not called to be lukewarm and half-hearted.  We live in an age and generation in which many treat their relationship with God merely as a hobby.  They attend church on Sunday and go through all the religious exercises but their hearts are far from Him.  We would do well to heed the message the Lord gave the apostle John to the church in Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22).

Nothing is hidden from the Lord and many time people believe their lives are untouchable by the hand of Almighty God.  People live their lives as if they are their own God and are not responsible for their actions.  But the truth is that God is the creator of Heaven and Earth and His Son is Jesus Christ.  Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He shall return very soon to establish His kingdom upon the earth and rule the earth with a rod of iron (Revelation 19:11-16).

We are not only called to love the Lord with all our heart, we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves.  We are called to love others with the love of Jesus.  Jesus demonstrated His love for us through the cross and His sacrifice.  He willingly laid down His life for those who hated and rejected Him.  We live in a world that becomes more anti Christian by the day.  More and more Christians are dying for the faith on a daily basis and we are simply called to love.  In our sinful nature we may want to lash out in anger, pick up a sword and fight.  But Jesus has called us to love and pray for those who persecute us and stand against us.

People who are without Christ are simply lost sheep without a shepherd.  They are blinded by the lies of the enemy and as believers in Jesus Christ we are simply called to reach them with the truth.  Daily we have interactions with people and as the Holy Spirit leads we must be obedient to share the truth.  This is not accomplished in our own strength or power but is accomplished alone through the power and might of the Holy Spirit.  Let us be faithful and obedient to do all that the Lord has called us to do.  We demonstrate our love for the Lord through simply living in obedience to His commands.

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