Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 24, 2012

Challenge

Filed under: Advent,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:56 am
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Luke 10:27     The expert answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

People like to justify their thought and actions.  This man knew what the scriptures said.  He wanted to justify his actions with a question.  He follows Jesus’s agreement with the scripture with the question, “Who is my neighbor?”. 

We have great difficulty loving the Lord our god with all our hert, soul and strength.  We have difficulty really loving ourselves.  Jesus said anyone in need is our neighbor.  On occasion it is easier to rech out to some who are in dire need if we judge the need not coming from their own cause.  This isn’t love but sympathy.  Real love was displayed by Jesus.  He stretched out His arms on the cross even though we didn’t, don’t nd never will or can deserve it.  It is love without judgement.  Our love is connected with judgement: judgement of God when things don’t go our way, judgement to ourselves when we don’t meet our own expectations and judgement of others when they don’t meet our own expectations.  No where in scripture is judgement mentioned s prt of love.  Our question is how do we love the way Jesus does?  First we must be sure we confess we are sinners and in need of God’s mercy and grace through His only Son, Jesus.  Then we must invite Him into our heart, soul and body as our Lord and Savior.  When we do this we receive His Holy Spirit.  Then we must continually allow the Holy Spirit to teach us and grow His love in and through us by Bible study, prayer, meditation and fellowship with others who are also allowing Him to bring them growth.  As a living being we cannot stay static.  We either continue to grow or we gradually wane and die.  We cannot sit piously in a church and go through the actions.  If we are the same as we were yesterday we have waisted a day.  What do you choose?

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