Above All Love

“Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For this, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Romans 13:8-10

Christianity is all about love. And our calling is to love others as Jesus loved us. What does this really mean? How are we to live? Live Christ-centered which is spiritual, rather than self-centered which is worldly. This is not natural and it’s not easy. We are to follow the example that Jesus gave us, and to walk in His steps, moment by moment, day by day. So how does this play out in our daily lives? ABOVE ALL else love others.

How much does God love us? Infinitely “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son” God sent His only Son to die for us. And Jesus considered us first. Even before the foundation of the world we were on His heart. And we will always be on His heart and mind.

Jesus was a servant leader – so we need to become servant leaders. The verse above is interesting. To sum it up – owe nothing to anyone except all encompassing love. And the scripture above says; “if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This love principle is all inclusive. In other words – we owe everything to others – Above All Love.

The Christian’s first thought should always be to ask –
”what is the loving thing to do?” And then do it.

What about those who teach that “in order to love others as yourself, we must first learn how to love our self?” I am convinced that the “self love” teaching is sincere, but a misunderstanding of spiritual truth. Think about it. Those who commit suicide are often considered to hate themselves most. But who were they thinking about when they acted out their feelings? Themselves – and certainly not their loved ones left behind, or God. The solution is clear – we all need to learn to love God and others.

Self-centeredness was the end result of the fall of man. It is natural and does not need to be taught. Scripture shows that people generally already love themselves as a result of their fallen nature. “So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church” Ephesians 5:28-29

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:14-17

we owe Jesus everything – Above All Love.

Grace and Peace to you my friends,

Bob West –©2020

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