A Word to Encourage

Taken a minute or two lately to just stop your world and spend some time focusing on God and loving Him? The Greatest Commandment that Jesus left us (Matthew 22:37) is that we are to love our Heavenly Father with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. But, we live a fairly rapid pace and miss doing that on a regular basis.

However, this is the real key to two other things we are commanded to do. And, in the Kingdom we belong to, royal commands are very important. When the King speaks we need to heed His words and submit immediately. Kingdoms work that way, you know.

After we have focused on God and loved Him with our whole being – we experience a fresh infilling of His love. Afterall, we only love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19) and continues to love us – pouring out this love upon us and in us every time we spend time with Him.

Then, with this fresh ‘dose’ of love we are able to accomplish two terrifically exciting things.
First, we can then love ourselves (Matthew 22:38). Now this is a miracle in itself for most of us. Afteralll, we live with ourselves every day and we know the real us that no one ever sees. But, God’s love is so immense that it even allows us to fall deeply in love with ourselves and to then recognize the value that God places on our lives. He valued us enough to send His Son to die for us.

Then, remembering the order – love God, love self – we can then love others, even the so-called unlovables. In fact, once we have taken the time to love God and discovered His love for us – and thus begin to love ourselves – we cannot help but watch that love overflow and splash out touching others who are around us.

So, feeling like it is really difficult to love that teenager right now? Want to hit that alcoholic son or father? Want to disown a family member? Wish the neighbours would put their house up for sale and move away – far away…

Then it is time to slow your life down, turn the television off, divorce yourself from talk radio for a day or two, put down the novel and simply start at the beginning once again loving God with your whole heart.

The rest will then fall into place and take care of itself.

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