As I Have Loved You

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:36-39

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34

What is my spiritual gift? What is my calling? What does God want me to do with my life? How can I make a difference? Am I really supposed to be doing this? I have asked these questions and I’m sure you have as well. I really think we like to make things more complicated than necessary. We simply need to remember that the greatest commandments are to love God and others.

When you love someone you desire to spend a lot of time with them getting to know everything about that person. You ask them questions about what they like, what they believe in, and what they hope for as you look for commonalities. You tend to find ways to show them that you care about them. You are patient, helpful and do sweet things for them. You might even stop and smell the flowers together on your way to lunch.

God desires and calls us to show Him our love through helping others. When we make a meal for a friend, send a letter or text, clean their home, weed their yard, carry and stack wood, take them to an appointment, give money to the needy, send shoeboxes filled with necessities, tithe or show our love in any other compassionate way, God smiles and says, ”Thank you, My child, for showing Me love and sharing My love with others.”

Prayer: Loving God, stir up in me a deep longing to love others and not tire of doing what is right. Help each of us to grow more joyful and compassionate as we serve in Your name. Amen

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