7 Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39
I visited Reynolds Park Baptist Church this morning with my brother. Wonderful service. Pastor Chad Randall discussed how “limited” our intellectual understanding of God’s love is. And, most importantly; how relying on God’s love can help us better understand His love for us.
What “limits” our understanding of love? Abusive relationships, “conditional” love from others, neglect in childhood and in relationships, etc. We all are born with situations that hinder our ability to love in our “human” way. HOWEVER, God’s love for us limitless, unconditional and incomprensensible for us. Isn’t He amazing? How do we know we have God’s love in our hearts?
1) God’s Love produces Joy (not temporary happiness – conditional on the situation we are in)
2) God’s Love moves us from a “victim” mindset to a “VICTORY” mindset
3) God’s love is frequently demonstrated TO us – through His plan and our daily life.
4) God’s love is demonstrated THROUGH us – its not an act of us “doing” – its relying on Him to guide us to help and love others.
Father God – Thank you so much for loving us uncondtionally. Help us to daily search and rely on you to guide us to love ourselves and others when its hard for us to do because of our past experiences. Help us to love others with all our mind, heart and soul to show others what love truly is. Amen.