Daily Bible Inspirations

Love God and Love People

by Pastor Ken

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. A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The whole law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:37-40

When asked what the most important commandment is, Jesus replies that the first most important commandment is to love God and the second is to love your neighbors.

In both statements, the word “love” in original Greek text is word ‘agape’. It is defined as ‘love in its highest form’. In other words, it is the degree of love God has for us.

You and I do not possess this kind of love on our own. In order to be able to love God and others with this kind of love is to let God fill us up with agape love by accepting Jesus as your Savior. This is loving the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.

Accepting Jesus as Savior is loving God back by humbly giving your life to him in faithful obedience. In doing so, the natural response for you will be to share that agape love with others. This is loving your neighbor as Jesus loved you.

So take some time today to think about what it means to love Jesus with all your heart, soul, and mind. Let the unconditional peaceful sweet love He offers wash over you and onto others, as well.

Prayer: Jesus, thank You that You love me so much. I love You Jesus, and Your overflowing love may also reach all the people I encounter today for Your glory. Amen.