I sat down on the edge of my hotel bed which is half filled with Bibles, highlighters, pens, notebooks, paralyzed ministry doggy Miss Mercy’s diaper station, pillows, blankets – and, oh, yes, some empty space for me! Then I prayed. A really big prayer. In very few words.
“Help me to love,” I prayed.
Such a very simple prayer. But when I think about it now, I realize how unfathomably vital it is. Because of this.
God’s TWO GREATEST COMMANDS are these. To LOVE Him with all our hearts and to LOVE others as ourselves.
“He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND,’ and ‘YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'”” Luke 10:26-27
The ONLY way we can have a relationship with God from whom we’re separated because of our sins is through turning from a lifestyle of sin, believing Jesus Christ is Lord and that He died on the cross to pay our sin punishment of death, hell, and the lake of fire and was raised from the dead, and sincerely turning to God and His ways. We are forgiven, “born again” spiritually, given eternal life with Him instead of hell and the lake of fire, and NOW WE NEED TO LEARN HOW TO LIVE THE RIGHT WAY! FOR JESUS! ACCORDING TO GOD’S WAYS!
Where does this new way of life to which we are called begin? WITH JESUS! WITH LOVE! His love for us, our love for Him, and our love through Him for others!
I have prayed countless prayers over the years. I have prayed long prayers. I have prayed all sorts of prayers. I have prayed for this or that and a zillion different things. I have prayed for others. For the world. For strangers. For me. For family. For friends. For Christ’s followers. For people who don’t believe in Him. On and on my prayers have gone and continue. This time, I prayed such a short prayer, but one whose significance is more important than imaginable.
God SO LOVED US He gave us His only Son Jesus to die on the cross and be raised from the dead for us to take ALL HIS WRATH AT US FOR OUR SINS and the PENALTY WE DESERVE ON HIMSELF to give us the only way we can have a relationship with God almighty now and forever. Through Jesus. HIS LOVE is the starting place! And it is now our job to LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“Help US to love!” I pray now as I write this.
Please, friend, obey God’s greatest commands. LOVE HIM WITH EVERY OUNCE OF YOUR HEART. And THROUGH HIM, LOVE OTHERS AS YOURSELF. And pray to God if you are so led that HE WILL HELP YOU TO LOVE! Amen!
“Love never fails…” 1 Corinthians 13:8