Love God, Love Others

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 22:37-38

During this political season and even within this past week, we have certainly seen how awful people can be towards each other. I’ve seen stories online of families that have stopped talking and friends who are no longer friends, all because of politics. But what is worse is the way I’ve seen and heard believers in Christ speak to each other. I understand the importance of politics, but I don’t think the teachings of Christ take a back seat to politics.

Jesus sums up the law into one phrase: love God and love others. First and most important Jesus says love God. God sent His Son to die for us, and not when we were good people, but while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). God loves everyone (John 3:16).

The last half of the phrase can be the hardest. Jesus does not say love only your Republican friends, or love only your Democrat friends, He says love others. Anybody can love those that are similar to them and have the same interests; the hard part is loving those we disagree with. How different could the world be if believers in Christ were setting this example? This is when we would see real change in this world and country.

This week I was broken over the passion I saw for politics when compared to the passion I see for Christ and the Gospel. The command of Jesus is to love others, Jesus showed this love by serving others. His life wasn’t about Him, it was about those He came for (Matt 20:28). We show love by following the example of Christ, being humble and serving others. There are broken and hurting people that need to hear about the great love that God has for them. God’s love crosses all barriers, ours should as well.

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