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God Loves Me?

February 24, 2010

When Christ was questioned by the Pharisees’ which of the commandments was the greatest, it was “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'”, but Christ felt compelled to add a second commandment to his answer, “‘Love your neighbor as yourself”. There is an implied message in this verse that most people miss. You must also know how to love yourself. We quickly embrace ministry opportunities to care for others; somehow trying to please God, when many times the answer should be “no”. Our responsibility first and foremost is to receive love. We must be able to admit we have needs.

If you are like me it is much easier to love others than to allow others to love me; I just don’t feel worthy. I think we have it backwards in our churches in today’s society. We should first teach others how to receive love instead of loading their backs with mission work, attending Wednesday night pot lucks suppers or teaching Sunday school classes. What an unusual concept? We should spend time teachng people how to receive love before we allow them to serve. Maybe we could have a feet washing service for the new Chrisitians in a congregation.

Remember the verse 1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us. If you have never experienced God’s love from another how can you possibly show it to someone else? Do something for yourself today spend time with people who want to give God’s love to you. Let others minister to you; only then will the love you give to others be complete, which is God’s love.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ralph McLelland permalink
    February 24, 2010 10:27 am

    WOW !!! Which one of the 3 am I. That does not mean anything to you if you were not at Yarmony Creek Rabch in Colorado this past August with my Band of Brothers. Three cowboys were riding along, one by himself, me most of the time, one reaching out to help the one in the middle, me some of the time, and the one in the middle receiving, me none of the time until that week at Yarmony. Yes, we do have to learn how to receive before we can give to others. It is key to our walk with Christ. You can not walk alone in this journey. Thanks Mike for living from the Heart and helping others understand what God is offering to all of us. Youur brother, Ralph
    Proverbs 27:17

  2. February 24, 2010 10:42 am

    Mike, spending time with you is spending time with someone who knows how to show God’s love to me.Gary

  3. Blake Scafidel permalink
    February 25, 2010 2:13 pm

    I have always sensed a heart of compassion from you bro…I don’t have to wear a mask and I’m always encouraged when I’m around you. Great stuff bro. Keep on living loved and loving others!

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