Posts Tagged ‘love your neighbor’

Love Never Fails

Friday, March 1st, 2019

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39

1. LOVE GOD. We can love because God first loved us. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, His love changes us completely. If you feel distracted or dull or if you have drifted, you can step into closeness with God again. Love grows when you spend time with Him. Take some time to turn off the phone, mute the TV, and say simply, “God, here I am. Forgive me for getting distracted. I seek You first. I trust You, Lord.”

2. LOVE YOURSELF. We can show love to others only in proportion to how much we love ourselves. If we listen to what the devil (known as the Accuser) says, then we will constantly feel like we are doing a crummy job as Christians. But if we focus on how much God loves us, then we can change the world. The battle is in our minds – so we must constantly go to the Bible to see what God says about us!

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God. Jude 1:20-21a

3. LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR. Love is value. As Christians we’re assigned to be carriers of love and to show Jesus as He really is – someone who is “a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). When we show up in work boots to help people with no other agenda but to love, it plants a seed that will germinate and grow into an awareness that God really loves them!

Press on in love,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

DAILY CONFESSION:
I walk in love. I am patient, I am kind and not jealous. I don’t brag and I am not arrogant. I don’t act unbecomingly; I don’t seek my own, and I am not provoked. I don’t take into account a wrong suffered. I don’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but I rejoice with the truth. I can bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, endure all things because love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8; Ephesians 5:2).

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians  13:13

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The Impact of Love

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Jesus answered, “The foremost [commandment] is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31

The primary thing. We are all looking for the thing that is primary—what matters most. Jesus lays it out: Love God and love your neighbor. God wants to steer us away from all the secondary issues so we can get back to the simplicity of loving and acknowledging Him. Then, He wants to extend His kingdom through each one of our lives to reach a hurting world.

A Christian should always remember that the value of his good works is not based on their number and excellence, but on the love of God which prompts him to do these things. ~ St. John of the Cross

Impact. Some of the most amazing impact we’ll have in society is going to come from an unassuming, genuine surrender of time and effort to just let people know we care. Then, instead of taking credit as do-gooders, we say, “Have I told you about my Jesus?”

The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5b

Love. God wants to translate our actions into a communication of His love. But the enemy of our lives is working hard to dull, distract, and numb us so that we live far below our privilege and potential. That’s why it’s essential for us to return to our first love—Jesus. Only then can we reach out with courage to strategically engage a detached and lost world. Love God. Love your neighbor. It’s the paradigm that could revolutionize this era.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Say The Word: Love

Friday, November 27th, 2009

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.” The second is this, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these. Mark 12:30-31

Because of the distractions of life, we must daily choose to make our relationship with God the central focus of our lives. Our love for self and neighbor will flow directly from our relationship with God.

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another” (John 13:34). Love is a verb—we are commanded to show love not only with our words but through our actions (1 John 3:18). People in need aren’t so concerned with what we believe, but they want to see if we care. Simple acts of kindness can provide a phenomenal platform for preaching the gospel.

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment. Philippians 1:9

Believe God for love to abound in the areas where it has grown cold. As you step out and obey God, there will be challenges along the way. But on the battlefield, love is lived out through faithfulness—choosing every day to get up, commit to your convictions, and not back off.

Press on!
Pastor Jeff

Copyright © 2009 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.