TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
When you’re looking for your way, look for Me; we’re meant to be together.
THE GREATEST COMMAND
The Ten Commandments are more than just God’s rules for right living. They are the culture He set for His family and His house. When He carved those words with fire from His fingertip, He was saying, “This is what we make a big deal out of and who we are going to be.”
The first five commandments are all about how you relate to God. The last five are about how you relate to others. They are simple and direct rules. Easy to follow? No. Because of our sin nature, God knew there was no way to keep them.
To break a commandment meant eternal separation from Him, and He knew none were worthy. That’s why Father God promised a savior – someone who could keep the commands – Jesus.
I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. – John 10:10b
Jesus brought life where there was once only death through sin. He also gave us a new perspective on God’s culture. Listen closely to the answer Jesus gave a pharisee who asked Him the trick question, “What is the greatest command?”
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.’ – Matthew 22:37-38
Notice Jesus openly said “love God and love people.” Why did Jesus use the word “love” while the triune God didn’t mention love in the Ten Commandments? Well, He did!
God is love. It’s His very nature, and He said in the first commandment “Don’t put anything before me.” You could also read that as “Don’t put anything before love.”
My friends, you can trust God because He is love. You can even be vulnerable in front of Him because love is the essence of who He is! It’s our heart, not our obedience, that brings us into a saving relationship with Him.
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS BECAUSE HE IS GOD AND HE IS GOOD. ONCE YOU DO, LOVING PEOPLE WILL BECOME SECOND NATURE!
From my sermon series JESUS UNVEILED