With All Of My Heart
“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
~ Luke 10:27 NIV. ~
Sometimes, when we ask a hard question we think it will always come with a complicated answer or tough task, and it sometimes does. But what if, the main question for your life came with a simple answer that was difficult to act on? Well, an action that seems difficult to us as a creation. Jesus answered the lawyer’s question, “Which is the greatest commandment?” with the simplest answer, and to make sure the lawyer understood, gave a parable (The Good Samaritan) to make sure he knew who his neighbor was and also the key to eternal life.
Growing up I have always been told to never be afraid to ask questions and never be afraid to hear the answer or do something. The worst thing that the person could ever say was “NO”; and if that did happen, I was to accept or ask another version of the question to someone else, because not everyone will have the same answer. But what happens when we ask a question and we get the simplest of answers, but even the simple answer seems too hard to achieve?
Not every answer we hear will be the one we want, but will require us stepping out in faith to experience the growth we truly need. We do not, nor can we, buy our eternal life in heaven. It is a gift we receive by accepting Jesus as our Savior. We are meant to share the love of Christ with those who do not think that love exists. It should not be a hard feat to love our Father with all of our heart, who gave Jesus to die for our sins. Whose very same heart broke for His only Son, who died on the cross. Yet still He loves us with no regrets. Scripture teaches us that we love, because he first loved us. It should not be a heavy feat to use our gentle strength filled souls that are connected to our minds and reminds us of our worth, to pass that same worth and love to one another. The process is hard, yes, but one step at a time will go a very long way. Some people need more love, time and work, but just think; there was someone that gave you that same patience and time. Jesus did as well. Love is a muscle that we need to exercise every day, for it to become normal like breathing (even then we sometimes have to remind ourselves the value of our breath). How you love a neighbor says a lot about how you love yourself and God. Share love and it will spread.
Question to Consider: How can I start to show love to my neighbors as I do the Father? Have I been loving the Father in hard times?
Prayer: Father, help me to put Your love first, so that I can start to put that very same love into others.
Weekly Memory Verse: "In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free." - Psalm 118:5 NLT