SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 01/04- “To Love Papa God And To Love Others—The Basic Essentials For All Believers/Followers Of, The LORD GOD Almighty!” (Matthew 22:37-39)
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…
SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 01/04- “To Love Papa God And To Love Others—The Basic Essentials For All Believers/Followers Of, The LORD GOD Almighty!” (Matthew 22:37-39)
Premise Question: Why is how we love Papa God and the way we love others, so significant and such a big deal?
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37-39 NLT)
In response, to the (designed to trap) question from the recognized and known expert of the law, Jesus’ comeback was quite clear, concise and direct. He left no room whatsoever, to it merely being an option or just a strong suggestion, when He declared, “you must love The LORD GOD Almighty passionately, not with just a part of, but with your whole heart, and your whole soul; which should desire, thirst and yearn only for Him. And furthermore, you should also honor, love and revere Him, with all of your thoughts and all of your intellect! Now, this is just the first and foremost part of the most important commandment. The second part, which is just as significant and goes right along with the first part, is to look at your fellow humankind, as close neighbors and then, you are to love them as much, if not even more, than you love yourselves.” (Matthew 22:37-39 PDCP)
Bottom Line: Verse 40 of this passage answers the Premise Question. “The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:40 NLT)
We then, as believers/followers of Christ, must stop isolating, insulating or alienating ourselves from our neighbors, our fellow humankind!
Many do not even know or begin to associate with their neighbors! Very sad, but true, all too often. We must be willing to extend ourselves beyond our comfort and convenient zones and all other barriers of race, culture, class, fences, burgs, pain, non-forgiveness, anger, resentment, wounds, bitterness, disappointment, trauma, death, divorce, unfulfilled expectations, sickness, depression, traditions, experiences, pop-culture, what’s popular or not! We must break through all barriers, for the sake of the Cross! Papa God Himself, is our ultimate example, as He reached across the barriers of time, space, sin, depravity and rebellion, to connect with us, His creation, displaying His love for us, His neighbors, by giving us His best, (His Son) when we were at our worst! The only way to ever effectively reach our neighbors, is to love them as ourselves! Now this may actually be a problem for some of us though, because, in fact, some do not love themselves very much! Therefore, they do end up loving their neighbors as themselves, which is not very much or a very pretty sight! This, could pose a major issue, so let’s love our neighbors, as Papa God, The LORD GOD Almighty loves us and then, laid His life down for us, to prove and authentic His love for us, and all for our benefit!
It’s not enough to serve or love with just your hands or lips, but we need to also serve and love with our whole heart! When we love Papa God with our whole heart, mind and soul, and love our neighbors, as ourselves, in the same way that Papa God loves us, we will fulfill the greatest and most significantly important commandments of The LORD GOD Almighty; and in so doing, shall keep both sides of The Sword of The Spirit sharp and ready for all that this life may present and offer, as a challenge to our faith!
As Papa God is our Good Neighbor, let us be a good neighbor to the rest of humankind! Blessings…
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