Day 14 – December 10
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” [Matthew 22:37-40 NLT]
What would it look like if we loved someone else with all of our emotions, all of our actions, all of our inner being, and all of our thoughts? Do the people who we care about most describe us in this way? Ouch! I know I’m guilty many times of loving my interests and myself more than I love God and others.
In this passage, we see Jesus summarizing the entire Jewish Scriptures into two commands. Jesus realigned what a relationship with Him and our Heavenly Father looked like. A surrendered life that is characterized by a love for God with every part of who we are. Every thought, every action, every emotion, etc. But not only to God, but also to others.
This Christmas, let’s ask God to show us how to love Him more and to love others better. Let’s allow our time spent with family and friends to be about what we can give and not about what we can get.
God, help me to fall more in love with you every day. Let every emotion, every action, every thought, and my entire being be a living sacrifice meant to bring a smile to your face. Help me to be a light of love to my family, my friends, and to everyone I meet. Amen.
Written by: Brian Griggs