What does the Bible say about love…

One of my moms had a few words to about love so I decided I would let her take over my page today. I hope you enjoy. Love, Prissy

The Bible speaks clearly about love. God gives us all two great commandments to follow. The greatest commandment is “You shall 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” (Matt. 22:35-38). “And the second one is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 22:39-40). Strong words for a weak people. Do we ever really keep either of these commandments? When He said that we were to love Him with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind, that was not a part-time commandment. He meant all of the time, every day, with all of our being. Do we put our jobs before God? Do we put our families before God? Do we put our hobbies before God? If we are putting any “thing” before God, how can we possibly love Him with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind? We cannot. Therefore, we must constantly refocus and make God our priority.

For me, the second commandment is far trickier. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Now neighbor does not just mean neighbor in the sense of who lives next door to you. Neighbors are your family, co-workers, neighbors, people you meet in public, the people you go to church with, the list goes on and on. Uh oh. Did anyone else just realize the problem they might have with that? I love myself – a lot. I find that it is difficult to even like some of the people I am in contact with and now God tells me I must love them as myself. Where do I even begin? This is where maturity comes in to play. Love is NOT an emotion. It just is not!!! We like to think of it as a warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with our spouse, our children, grandparents, etc. Have you ever had a teenager? There is not a lot of warm, fuzzy during the teenage years – yet we still love. Have you ever had a huge fight with your spouse? It is definitely not warm and fuzzy then – but you still love. Love is a CHOICE. Yes, a choice. We must choose every day to love those people that we come into contact with. Sometimes it is even easier to love friends than family. We must still choose to do the right thing.

What will you choose to do today? Will you choose to reprioritize and put God first and love Him with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind? Will you choose to love your neighbor as yourself? Will you choose to obey God’s two greatest commandments? He knows we are not perfect but He does expect us to try.