Have you ever felt overwhelmed by trying to keep GOD'S Law and commandments?"
Imagine how the Jewish people must've felt as they tried to keep up with more than 600 rules from the Old Testament and many more that had been imposed on them by the religious leaders.
Now consider their surprise when JESUS simplified the pursuit of RIGHTEOUSNESS by narrowing the list down to just two — “LOVE The LORD your GOD above all else,” and “LOVE your neighbor as yourself.”
In essence, The WORD of The LIVING GOD - JESUS CHRIST, is telling us that the way GOD knows that we LOVE HIM, is by how we treat others.
All of them, not just the one's we like."
Thus, The LORD gives us this instruction from Philippians 2:3-4, saying:
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.
Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Let’s face it—LOVING our neighbor involves more than just being nice
For knowing The WAY of SALVATION ourselves, and being partakers, and citizens of HEAVEN. We've been called to do all that we can, to show The LORD, our GOD, that we LOVE our fellow man.
Yes, and preach The GOSPEL of CHRIST, to as many as we can.
For GOD desires that we take our calling seriously, and do the work of an Evangelist, that HE has called us to."
And to consider HIS exhortation from Ezekiel 3:18, before we arrive, and stand before the judgement seat of CHRIST.🤔
It reads: "When I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to SAVE his LIFE, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.
[Understand?] "But on the other hand, Ezekiel 3:19 gives this report to those who are FAITHFUL to GOD'S calling: Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your Soul.
[With that said,
We all can get a better glimpse of how LOVING our neighbor, can be to each of us, a great challenge."
But when we do it to express our LOVE for GOD, we unleash a POWERFUL motivation that expresses GOD'S LOVE, "whether the person deserves it or not."
As we LOVE GOD, and LOVE our fellow man, everything else falls into place.
And at the judgement seat of CHRIST, unashamedly, we will be able to look at The LORD, to HIS FACE."
We will be able to say,: LORD,
I embraced YOUR WORD, and repented of my wrongdoing; and 'YOU gave me of YOUR SPIRIT."
Now I LOVE my neighbor, and have witnessed to many, of YOUR SAVING GRACE."
I assured them, that in dying on The Cross, YOU payed for our sins,
and have taken them all away!"
So I ask you, Beloved Brethren:
Who needs to see GOD’S LOVE through you today?
Consider how the more unlovable a person may seem, the greater the statement about how much LOVE we have, for The WORD of The LIVING GOD - JESUS CHRIST."
And out of our LOVE for HIM,
HE sends us to bring what is precious to HIM, and make disciples of them."