Jesus tells us in Mark 12:30-31, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.” Love God and love others. The end. Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, it is not always easy.
God loves us and wants our love in return. He wants to spend time with us. On good days, that’s a piece of cake. You hop out of bed, the coffee is waiting, you’re ready to read your Bible, spend time with God and pray. Then there are those days. You know the ones. You didn’t sleep well, the alarm didn’t go off, the coffee didn’t get made, a little one wakes up early and the list goes on. God still wants to spend time with you. Your schedule may have to be rearranged, but He will be there waiting. You may have to give up an episode of your favorite show and the load of laundry may have to wait, but time spent with the Lord is always worth it, even when it doesn’t go as planned. God wants to speak to you through His word and He wants to hear from you through prayer, especially on those bad days.
God wants us to love others. On some days that is easy. The sun is out, everyone you meet is having a good day and all of your kids slept through the night. Unfortunately, there are days when loving others isn’t so easy. It’s raining outside, there are crazy drivers surrounding you or someone takes the perfect parking spot that you were waiting for. Your teenager talks back to you and your toddler throws a temper tantrum. Your best friend doesn’t return your phone call and your spouse gets home late from work. It’s not as easy to love others some days, but that is exactly what God wants us to do. He calls us to put others first. As Valentine’s Day approaches this Sunday, I want to challenge you to love others and love others big! Think outside of the box to show love. Leave a sweet note on the mirror for that cranky teenager. Mail an encouraging letter to someone you haven’t talked to in a while. Hold the door open for the stranger that took the best parking spot from you. And that spouse that annoyed you this morning? Give them the biggest hug when they get home and let them know you are happy to see them.
God loves us even when we are unlovable. John 3:16 says, “For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” God sent Jesus, even though we didn’t deserve it. God wants us to know Jesus and God wants us to love like Jesus. Let’s spread the love!
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