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Love God: Love others

January 14, 2017

The Verse of the Day for January 14, 2017 brings to mind the two foundational relationships upon which we build our lives as believers:


The Verse of the Day for January 14, 2017 brings speaks of the two foundational relationships upon which we build our lives as believers. These verses also reveal the conditions by which these relationship are judged:

1 John 4:20-21 (AMPC):

If anyone says, I love God, and hates (detests, abominates) his brother [in Christ], he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, Whom he has not seen. And this command (charge, order, injunction) we have from Him: that he who loves God shall love his brother [believer] also.

This passage also reinforces the message of Jesus Christ, who responded to the question asked by the Scribes and Pharisees who conspired to challenge him and test his understanding of the Law with this question: “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” In Matthew 22:37-39 he responds:

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

“The Law and the Prophets,” with its more than 600 directives, Jesus Christ distilled into two commandments: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. Once again, we recognize that “It’s all about relationships,” relationships rooted and grounded in love.  The following poem convey this same message:

“It’s All about Relationships”

God floods the eyes of our hearts with light that we might know,

As we discover new depths of our relationships

While we mature, applying the Word that we might grow.

We recognize that “It’s all about relationships.”

Enlightened, we now no longer walk in ignorance,

Being much more aware of vital spiritual matters,

We experience victory, healing and deliverance.

The anointed Word of God breaks all yokes and shatters

Barriers that hinder fellowship with God and others.

When the enemy raises his head, we fight to maintain

Relationships with God and with sisters and brothers,

Returning to “His image” the source that will sustain.

Whether with God, family, friends, co-workers, husband or wife,

“It’s all about relationships,” the foundation of life.

The Maranatha Singers remind us of the primary relationship of life and how it should be established: “You shall love the Lord with all your Heart”: