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Loving God – Loving Each Other

Loving God – Loving Each Other
By Dennis Huebshman

Matthew 22:35-40, “And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him (Jesus) a question to test Him. (36) Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? (37) And He said to him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. (38) This is the Great and first Commandment. (39) And a second is like it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. (40) On these two commandments, depend all the law and the prophets.” (repeated similarly in Mark 12:28-34 and Luke 10:27 – Any Emphasis Mine)

What about the famous “Love-is” passages as given by Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:1-8; 13? “If I speak in the tongues of men, and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or clanging cymbal. (2) And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have faith so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. (3) If I give away all I have and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. (4) Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant; (5) it is not rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; (6) it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. (7) Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (8) Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. “ Going to verse 13, “So now faith, hope and love these three remain; but the greatest of these is Love.” (ESV Bible)

A few more. John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. (35) By this, all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 15:9, “As the Father has loved Me, so I have loved you. Abide in My Love!”

It has been said that when God says something, we should listen to His word. However, when He repeats something, we need to definitely take special note. For example, Joel 2:32 says that “…everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Looking to Acts 2:21, “…everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” These three verses are important enough to the Father, but can you imagine how important it is for us to Love God and each other?

That concept is repeated all through the Bible, and if you wish to check further, 1 John has numerous entries about our love for the Father, His love for us, and that we are to love each other. (1 John 3:1; 11; 18; 23-24; 1 John 4:7-21 and 1 John 5:5)

Jesus gave us the purest example of love when He asked the Father to forgive all involved with His crucifixion. Right about here, I can hear a massive outcry. How about all those involved in terrorist groups like ISIS, Hamas and all the others that openly hate Israel and the United States? How about the child molesters, the sex-trafficking rings, the people in the abortion industry and all the satanic groups that hate anything Christian? Are we to love them too? Just who is my neighbor anyway?

The best answer I can give is what My Jesus Himself said. Going back to John 13:34, “A new commandment I give to you that you love one another; as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” He was speaking to His disciples, but His words were for the whole world to follow.

I can safely say that our Savior “Loved” every living person on the earth. He understood (being our Creator), that every person has an immortal soul. That soul will last forever in one of two places; Heaven or Hell; and He is prepared to forgive all sins for all who call on Him so they won’t have to be separated from Him forever. He is also willing to allow any who choose to do so, to reject Him, thereby sealing their destiny with satan in the Lake of Fire. That love which the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) has for us will never die.

Now for the big “However”; we must love each other, but we don’t have to “Like” each other, or approve of sinful activities that God has designated as abominations.

Some might say this is not possible and is double talk. How can you not like someone, yet love them? Who did Jesus have the most problems with, and who raised His anger on numerous occasions? How about the Pharisees and Sadducees – all the religious people of His day. They were supposed to be the ones who should’ve realized He was truly the Messiah. Yet, only a few, before His death, accepted Him. Jesus died on that cross for your sin, My Sin, and the sins of all who were responsible for His death. Whether or not they figured it out, Jesus “allowed” them to crucify Him (John 10:18), yet if they turned and believed on Him and later repented, He would accept them as part of His Eternal Flock. Their sins would be forgiven and forgotten.

I will be the first to admit, there are people I find it hard to “Love”. I have to ask the Father for the ability to do so, and He helps me understand, I don’t have to like or associate with them, but because of their immortal created soul like mine, they are a brother or sister. Thankfully, all judgment belongs to Him, and not me. When I see or hear of severe evil acts being committed, I have learned to turn it over to the Father, and then concentrate on just how merciful He has been toward me. After all, even in the past few years, we hear of persons who had been committed terrorists, have turned and accepted Jesus, even at the cost of their own lives.

In 2005, Bill and Gloria Gaither wrote “Loving God – Loving Each Other”. It’s a good guide that if everyone would follow, this world would be a lot less unfriendly.

(chorus) Loving God, Loving each other, making music with my friends. Loving God, Loving each other, and the music never ends.

(1) They pushed back from the table, to listen to His words. His secret plan before He had to go. It’s not complicated, Don’t need a lot of rules. This is all you’ll need to know. (chorus)

(2) We tend to make it harder; build steeples out of stone. Filled with explanations of the Way. But if we’d stop and listen, and break a little bread; we would hear the Master say. (chorus)

With this in mind, do I believe we’re going to see a change for the better? Not on this side of the Millennium. Consider also, Jesus Himself will be on this earth for one thousand years, and there will still be sin.

As with here and now, He will accept anyone who truly repents and calls on Him for forgiveness and to be saved. (Romans 10:9-13) Sin will finally be conquered forever after the White Throne Judgment, and we all enter the wonderful eternity with Him in Heaven.

If you believe you have sinned beyond forgiveness, think again. The biggest mistake anyone can make is to believe satan’s lies and to not have Jesus in their heart as their Savior when they take their last breath on this earth. Satan will tell you that you’re not worthy. Ready for a big surprise? No One Is! Only the blood that was shed by our Savior can cover all our sin if we will repent and turn to Him. Last breath; no Jesus; it will be final – your destination with satan in Hell. While you are still here, call on Him. There is no sin so great that He can’t forgive you. He loves you that much! Call on Him today; it could just be the one in which He returns for all believers.

Maranatha!

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