August 25, 2012
2 John 1:5-6 (NLT)
I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. [6] Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.
Observation:  Love God; love each other. That about sums it up. The Hebrew scriptures highlight these 2 actions as the core of faith. Jesus quotes these as the twin pillars on which the faithful life is to be lived. John reminds us of these as the central dyad of following Jesus.
Application:  Might these be important? Well…maybe. Just Kidding. Here is our message: loving God and loving neighbor brings us life abundant, eternal, glorious. Without loving God and neighbor, life will be missing  the beauty, wonder, joy that God offers.

“Love, love, love, love, the gospel in one word is love,” says the old chorus. But, how often have we missed that? We have made it Think, or Believe, or Obey, or Thou Shalt Not, or a myriad of things which might help, but are not the main things.

Prayer: Lord, help me to love you-heart, soul, mind, and strength.  And help me to love my neighbor in the manner and to the degree that I have come to understand how you love me. Let Jesus be my example, and the Spirit be my source. Thank you for loving me first. I am humbled, and I am grateful.  In the powerful and loving name of Jesus, I pray.

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