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05/07/2010

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Looking' For Love


"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength" (Mark 12:30).

I guess that I saved some of the best meditation stuff for last....LOVE! What better meditation can we do than to allow our hearts, souls and minds to dwell upon love. Today's verse was given in response to a "teacher of the law's" question, 'Of all the commandments, which is the most important?' Jesus adhered to His own teaching (Matt. 5:41) by going the extra mile as He gave the second command to "love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus even told us that we are to love Him and His Father more than family. It is the main theme of the gospels and is reinforced to us again and again. "Love one another as I have loved you, so you must love one another" Why? "By this all men will know that you are my disciples" (John 13: 34 & 35). I did a devotional on Philadelphia love not long ago. "Be devoted to one another in brotherly love" (Rom. 12:10). It is with this type of love, demonstrative and affectionate, that we are to love our brethren.

As we daily meditate on love, there are so many paths that we can travel. For those of us who are married, we can reflect on our love toward our mates....Our soul-mates...For those of us that are fortunate enough to have children, we can contemplate on our love for them. Within families, this demonstrative affection should be as natural as breathing. Maybe the love that we find most difficult and needs to be meditated upon more is the love of our neighbors and even that bugaboo of Matthew 5:44 that is so difficult for us all. "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy,' But I tell you: 'Love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you.' " Jesus does not hang us out on an island with this teaching, but gives us the rationale. When we decide to follow and obey Him, we take on a greater responsibility. God sets the tone by "causing the sun to shine on the evil and the good and sending the rain on the righteous and unrighteous." (V 45) He then says that if we love only those who love us, how have we improved? How are we better than we were before we knew Him? Love that we learn from Jesus knows no distinctions. Perhaps it is so difficult because we do not reflect and meditate on it enough...

Have a wonderful day.... Make a difference..... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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