Tag Archives: Matthew 22:36-40

Wet Paint

Today looks to be quite full, Father. As I have already prayed, I would ask for Your guidance and wisdom. May the contacts I make bring You glory. Amen.

1 John 5:1-5 (<<click here)

“Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.” v3

One thing that we, as human beings struggle with is abiding by rules and regulations, Lord. A “wet paint” sign in our brain translates to “touch me”. From the very beginning of time we have listened to the serpent whispering in our ear, “Did God really say…?” Genesis 3:1 And we just fill in the blank. Abiding by the “do’s and don’ts” makes us bristle.

A couple of days ago I looked at the top two commandments according to You, Lord. Loving You and loving others. (Matthew 22:36-40) And in that very last verse You stated,

“The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” v40

All the “do’s and don’ts” boil down to …love. And we love love…right? We are sure obsessed with it. “What the world needs now is love, sweet love” – to quote an old song. But to quote another old song, “What’s love got to do, go to do with it?”

Where the problem lies is that the world’s love is shallow and short-lived. It’s selective. It’s limited. It’s conditional. And quite often it’s just plain selfish.

But Your love? It is deep (and wide!) and it is eternal! It is inclusive. It is unlimited! It is unconditional! And by Your own example, it is not selfish but it is sacrificial.

Lord, may I take upon the mantle of Your love. My I live it out. May I give it out – liberally! To all who will receive…and even those who won’t. Amen.

May 17th, Wed, 7:21 am

Practice Makes Perfect

Thank You, Father, for a good day yesterday and a good night’s rest. Another week begins and I am grateful that You walk beside me. Guide all I say and do for Your glory. Amen.

1 John 4:13-21 (<<click here)

The Apostle John is all about love. His Gospel and his Epistles (letters) consistently drive that point. And, Lord, he is fulfilling the greatest commandment as You declared in Matthew 22:36-40,

“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”

And the second greatest,

“Love your neighbor as yourself.”

That is a tall order, for sure. To love You with the entirety of our being and to love others as much as we love our own life. It can be overwhelming but this is one of the many wonderful things about our relationship with You, Lord. You’re patient (long-suffering!) and You love us so!

John’s statement here in verse 17 is so encouraging.

“…as we live in God, our love grows more perfect.”

As we live daily under Your guidance and direction our love for You, and others, “grows more perfect.” Practice makes perfect. The more I am loved, the more I love and the more I love, the more love becomes a part of me.

Lord, may this be my life! Amen!

May 15th, Mon, 6:27 am