Love God and love your neighbor

" Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:37-40

God is love and He invites us to partner with Him  so He can love others through us.

the power of love

We tend to define the Power of God by the amazing visible and experiential miracles He performs. Obviously, every time God moves in power it is an awesome thing! However, there is a much more subtle way God moves that we must be careful not to miss - that is, through the power of His love. In defining the power of God we must include the awesome power of His love. After all, in His Word, we learn through the Apostle John that “God is love.“ (1 John 4:8). God is love! If the almighty Creator of the universe is love, then love could well be defined as the greatest miracle of all.

We have a great illustration from Scripture of how we can get so busy serving God that we miss spending time at His feet in an intimate relationship with the God of love.

"Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me and Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:38-42

We must be careful not to miss this. We must be careful not to get caught up chasing Jesus and striving to find Him and serve Him – while forgetting that He is right here with us!

“To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Col 1:27

He wants to love us and to love others through us. That’s why at Metro we stress the importance of things like getting to know Him and staying close to Him by reading His Word and praying; getting connected beyond Sundays to foster intimate relationships with one another; getting to know and praying for (by name) the people who God puts in our lives; and loving one another in public settings, which is a great tool for evangelism. "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:35)

We must not be too busy to take the time to love the people God puts in our lives daily. Let’s partner with God and allow Him to love others through us!

"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Gal 2:20