Posts Tagged ‘first and great commandment’

Love God, love people

February 25, 2017

Matthew 22--37-39 2

The Verse of the Day for February 25, 2017 is a response offered by Jesus Christ in Matthew 22: 37-39, but to fully appreciate his statement, it is important to understand the questions asked and to see who asked it. Let us take a look at the entire passage:

Matthew 22:34-40

34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘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.”

In his response Jesus Christ lays the foundation for all relationships which begin with God, our Heavenly Father, and all others whom we encounter every day. The Verse of the Day is used as the introduction to this poetic observation:

Building Godly Relationships

Matthew 22:36-40

God sets aside and keeps for Himself a remnant:

Those set apart, His beloved whom He foreknew

And predestinated to keep His covenant,

His righteous ones, called and chosen, faithful and true.

In Christ is defined a Godly relationship,

But we must submit to Jesus and make him Lord

To understand the essence of this true friendship,

Unfolded in these two commandments of God’s Word.

May we renew our vows and never violate

The God in us but ever seek to find

In Him the strength to walk in love and never hate

But to love Him with all our heart and soul and mind.

We are no longer called a servant but a friend,

Growing in devotion and faithful to the end.

Israel Houghton offers this reminder: “Love God, Love People”:

Romans 15:2–Please his neighbor

May 23, 2014

Romans_15-2

The Amplified Bible renders Romans 15:2 this way:

Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbor for his good and for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually].

The Verse of the Day for May 23, 2014 brings to mind the importance of our relationship with others as expressed in the first and great commandment: Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. On these two hang all the law and the prophets, said Jesus Christ. When we love God, first of all, and then love others to the same degree that we love ourselves, we fulfill the law of love which is the highest expression of God, who is love.

Here is a musical expression of these profound truths by Martha Hall Bowman, who sings “The Greatest Commandment”:

I recall attending a life-changing “It’s All about Relationships” Conference, where Apostle Carolyn Warren discussed seven principles that can be universally applied to “launch, challenge, and grow relationships.” These seven principles were expressed as verbs which connote action when specifically applied in terms of what should be done to “one another.” Here is a poetic summary of those principles:

We must learn to value and steward relationships,

As we ever strive to launch, grow and to maintain them.

As we love, honor, forgive and encourage each other,

We must admonish, serve, and make peace with one another.

The Verse of the Day brings to mind the first principle: “love one another.” Each day we must decide to demonstrate, freely give and practice love: the first thread whereby we must launch all relationships and follow Christ’s command that we love one another.

Michael W. Smith offers comments and a spirited rendition of a “Love One Another.”

Love one another

February 16, 2014

1 John 3--11The Verse of the Day for February 16, 2014 brings to mind a life-changing conference conducted last year: “It’s All about Relationships Conference–2013” Hosted by Apostles Eric and Carolyn Warren of Equip U Ministries in Reynoldsburg, OH,  the three-day event offered informative presentations, workshops and forums designed for married couples, singles, friends, co-workers, teens and senior citizens.

Among the powerful and insightful presentations during the Relationship Conference was a teaching by Apostle Carolyn Warren who discussed seven principles that can be universally applied to “launch, challenge, and grow relationships.”  These seven principles were expressed as verbs which connote action when specifically applied in terms of what should be done to “one another.”  The first principle was “love one another.”

Love, indeed, is the first principle of all relationships, the foundation stone expressed in the first and great commandment:  Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. On these two hang all the law and the prophets,” said Jesus Christ.

Each day we must

Decide to demonstrate, freely give and practice love:

The first thread whereby we must launch all relationships

And follow Christ’s command that we love one another.

“Lovc one another.”

Last year as I went over my notes from the conference and endeavored to process all that I was learning, I was inspired and wrote this poem which captures the essence of the theme of the conference:

“It’s All about Relationships”

Inspired by the teaching of Apostle Eric Warren

It’s All about Relationships Conference 2013

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.

Michael W. Smith offers comments and a spirited rendition of a “Love One Another.”