Love Is A Command
Posted by Melissa
Believe it or not, Jesus’ commands are pretty easy to summarize: Love God and love others. These are not separate things. Loving God means obeying Him. It means living as He created us to live. A necessary part of this is showing love toward others, because that’s exactly what God does! He loves people. But while the Christian message is easy to summarize, it is far harder to live out in the real world.
Read 1 John 3:21-24. Ponder verse 23.
Does verse 22 mean that God will just give me anything I want? What might “because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His sight” have to do with our receiving what we ask?
Why is it important that Jesus commands us to love others?
What are the major roadblocks you face in loving and trusting God?
What are the roadblocks you face in loving those around you?
We know that God lives in us by His Spirit. How do we know the Spirit lives in us? (See Gal. 5:22-23.)
How much of your life is a reflection of the fruit of the spirit? Are you loving, joyful, kind, and so forth?
It is difficult to take people seriously when they pretend that it is easy to love God and love others. It is far easier to talk about it than to do it. This does not give us an excuse though. Loving God and loving others is the absolute heart of the Christian life; it’s not just a nice idea or a pretty thought. It is a command of Christ to those who follow Him.
The closer we are to God, though, the easier it gets to see the world—and the people in it—the way that He does and begin to love them as we’re commanded. Getting close to God means spending time with Him. It means digging into Scripture. It means praying and listening and waiting. Draw close to God and ask Him to give you His eyes and open your heart. You may just be surprised at the love you begin to feel for others in this world!
Posted in Devotions, Girls | Tagged 1 John 3, Camp Crestridge, Reprinted from ec magazine. © 2011 LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Used by permission.