Good Monday Morning!
This was originally posted on my former blog, with few adjustments here and there!
What do you think is the greatest commandment in the Bible?
Matthew 22: 36-40
“‘Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?’ 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. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and Prophets.’”
I’ve come to realize that as humans, the outward practice of others determines how we love them.
Do they talk the way we think they should talk? Do they walk the way we want them to? Do they dress as decently as they ought to? Do they even look the way they’re supposed to?
Please, who called us to the court room to be judge over others? I always try to catch myself when I’m judging people or about to judge them silently. Why is her dress so short? Why fix such long eye lashes? Why is he wearing earrings? See the way he’s shouting! Then I just say to myself- “Bolaji, what’s your business!” Please, who made me a Judge?
Apart from the fact that we’re supposed to love everyone regardless of whatever, however and whoever they are; another important fact is that we know not where they’re coming from! We don’t know their past experiences, the hurts and pain they’ve been through and then we see them for the first time and conclude they are this way or that. Our business shouldn’t be whether they love us, or whether they even love God; because truth is God loves them regardless of all that. Our business should be the command that we’ve been given to love! Therefore, we’re to love everyone whether we get that love back or not! The reward is in loving those who love you and loving those who don’t like you! The Bible says we should pray for our enemies. So, we basically have no escape route. No excuse!
Let me just add that your religious practices do not substitute for love! If you go to church 6 times a week, have attained the highest position as a shepherd of the flock, if you’re even the janitor of the church or a serious worker; all of those wouldn’t matter to God than how you loved Him and His people. If we claim to love God, then it’s simple – love people too! It shouldn’t be our business whether or not they are lovable.
I don’t think God will ask “How many times did you clean church?” Or “How many days a week did you attend church?” on judgment day. And if He does ask, it definitely wouldn’t be before the questions: “How many people did you show the love I showed you?” “How many people got to know me and my son Jesus because they knew you?” “How many people did you love as I instructed?”
Let’s not get all religious and forget that God weighs our hearts too. Let’s always focus on the things that make God smile. Go to church 6 times a week if you ought to, but make sure you’re out there 24/7 showing people love!
Say hi to that coworker who just seems to dislike you. Give that old woman close to your gate some money, it’s not your business that she has hands and legs, just love! Sponsor that child to school! Pray for that brother that used you. Smile at that rude student in your class. Hug someone who’s only shown you contempt; because, it’s only through our little (or not so little) acts of love that many can come to know the love of Christ.
1 Corinthians 13: 1-8a.
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophesy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I AM NOTHING. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. LOVE NEVER FAILS”
Have an awesome day! I pray that you go out loving people this week!
Plenty love, Bolaji.
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