Love, Love, Love

“You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”

All the fruit of the Spirit are held in place by love. Jesus said that loving God and other people is the most important commandment. He added, “A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:39).

How do you love your neighbor? You must learn to receive God’s love for yourself. Until then, you can’t truly love anyone else. You may do all the right things, but your motivation will be all wrong. And God isn’t nearly as concerned about what we do as He is about the attitudes of our hearts (see 1 Thessalonians 2:4).

For a long time, my heart was a mess. For many years I had been living a life of filth and greed. Then, because of poor decisions I made in life, I eventually ended up in prison. I couldn’t remember a time in my life when I was truly happy. My emotional wounds had made me harsh and short-tempered. I operated purely out of fear. And even though I knew all there was to know about Christian living, I had not learned how to receive the love of God—the only thing that can heal someone’s sick soul. It wasn’t until I surrendered control and started receiving God’s love that I finally became free. Now I love myself! And I can’t wait to wake up in the morning and be a blessing to someone else. I study love—what it is and how God wants us to express it—more than anything else.

Do you want to experience this kind of love?

Mike Medlin

February 17th, 2014

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