Making Your Love Connection

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“Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’”

That’s it.  My favorite Bible verse: Matthew 22:37.

The focus is on love.  The focus is on the heart and soul and mind.  It’s the first and greatest commandment said Jesus.

I think of it as a growth verse.  Jesus is imploring his followers to love God with all we have including the mind.  That is important to me.  I like to acknowledge we all have minds and we all need to exercise them.

Life can dull us to growth and that is regretful.  It happens all the time.  We have our “go to” behaviors, our habits.  Our comfort zones.  Those are soothing but they are also deadening to growth.

God put us here on earth to serve a purpose; to grow, to love and not to hate.

John Ortberg cites the purpose of the life of Jesus in his video study “All the Places to Go.”   The people of Israel wanted a proud, powerful warrior to help them overthrow the Roman dominance of their land, yet they got a man who did the opposite of war; he taught us how to love.  His lessons have turned the world upside down.  They expected a man of power and violence and they got a man of love.

Of course Dr. Chapman is not Jesus, but he is sold on the idea that to change our world we need to make our love connection with those around us.  You can’t do it with church alone.  So many are hampered by their idea of “doing religion.”  You know the disciplines of attending, tithing, praying and trying to be good members.  They hope that will get them into heaven.

But that won’t do it.   We need to have that God connection, that love connection.  The God that was so active in the lives of Abraham, Joseph, Isiah and Ezekiel can be alive in our lives today if we reach out beyond the confines of our church comfort zones and do what God intended us to do.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

That means working hard to affirm others with our words.  That means giving things away to those who have need. That means spending quality time with loved ones and private quality time with God in Bible reading and prayer.  That means doing things for people who need our help.  That means touching others with our hugs of acceptance and love.

Learn to speak all five love languages and USE them.  Use them to the point that you are spreading God’s love around to those that need it.

Be the Bible.  You have heard the expression that [ Bill? ] is the only Bible they will ever know.  Anyone can be Bill; slide your name in there.  People need to see you as their Bible; you may be the only Bible they will ever see.  You can make a strong case about your faith with your behavior.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”

Yes Jesus said that is the first and greatest commandment but what was the second?

Matthew 22: 39, “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

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