Tuesday, January 22, 2013

But Have Not Love . . .

 
 For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”              Romans 13:9 NLT

Do not murder
Don't steal
You must not commit adultery
Don't lie
You must not covet

I think the church has it backwards.  We focus on the things the Bible says not to do instead of concentrating on what Jesus said we should do.   We condemn, criticize, and judge those who break the Ten Commandments, but forget about love.  Is it enough to obey without love?
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.  1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV
Jesus told us the first and greatest commandment is to love God with everything in us and the second greatest commandment is to love others  Matthew 22:38:39   If we were to focus on loving first wouldn't we be more likely to obey?

Just something to think about . . .

Many Blessings,



8 comments:

  1. Well said Lisa!

    Jesus made it VERY clear when asked what the most important commandment was, where our focus should lie... It all starts with love! When we fill our hearts with the Love of Christ and show that light to others, we're naturally drawn towards the obedience that God desires as well.

    Great post!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  2. So true, Lisa! When we genuinely love, we have the power to be patient, kind, faithful, humble, considerate, trusting, and full of joy for the other person.

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  3. Hi Lisa,
    Jesus said, "If you love me, you WILL obey my commandments." Not only that, but if you love someone, why would you want to do something to harm them?
    Blessings,
    Ken

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  4. Hi Lisa, amen and amen. So much negativity focused on and not enough on the to do's. Great point, great post. Soooo glad to be able to read a post of yours again.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  5. Thanks for a post to ponder upon; I think you are totally correct at how we should look at loving one another.
    Blessing to you!

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  6. Without love, we cannot please God. It's all about love!

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  7. Your so right, Lisa. The church is filled with the forgiven but flawed people. We forget we all share the need for forgiveness and that it is and should be about loving one another. Good post. Thanks for the reminder.

    Garden of Secrets
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