Thursday, July 9, 2015

INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIVING 3

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Mat 22:39-40
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV)

Two basic instructions were given by the Lord in the main text above. We shall examine these simple, all-important instructions for living a life that pleases God and reveal the power to obey them.

A wise man said in Eccl 12:13-14 that the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments. Going by the words of Christ in Mat 22:36-40 that all the law hangs on love, we can put it simply; man's whole duty is to love God and his fellow human beings.

Let us simplify this further. 1Jo 4:20-21 (KJV) says '... he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.' To love God is to love a fellow brother.

So what does it mean to love a fellow brother? We have the answer in Mat 7:12 (NIV)'... In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets'.

You can live your life on this rule and you will hardly go wrong. In fact, the Lord Jesus illustrated how love is the basis of God's judgment (See Mat 25:31-46). When we are in Christ, we are empowered by His Spirit to love as God truly wants.

Go into today with the heart of love. Look at every issue and everyone from the perspective of love.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, please shed Your love abroad in my heart. Help me to love sincerely by Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

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- Pas Adeolu Olumodeji

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