In The Bible Today; Matthew 22
Understanding The Bible
The Bible is a timeless text of perennial wisdom. It tells us not only of God and mankind, it guides us on our path as spiritual beings in human bodies.
Though the Bible sometimes seems inapproachable and complex, these studies are designed to make the Bible accessible to everyone and applicable to everyday life.
Scripture: Matthew 22:36-40; ""Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
Jesus replied, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment, and the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.'"
Observation: The message of the entire bible can be summed up in one simple word: Love. Throughout the bible we can find verses referring to the importance of loving others. God's nature of love is reflected in us, as we love each other. God loves us. He wants us to feel secure in His love, then spread it to everyone we meet.
The message of the bible is simple. People, through religion, try to complicate and confuse it. If we really want to follow God, all we need is love. This may seem trite, but John Lennon had it right. All we really do need is love. It is not only the most important message of the bible, but the most important life lesson. When you strip away everything else, only love endures. And this is a gift we give ourselves, as we share it with others. When you share love, you increase your own love.
Application: Today, I will be a vessel of God's love. Starting with myself. God created me as an expression of his love for mankind. He created each of us as His unique expression of His love. As God loves me, so I will look at myself and everyone else today through eyes of love. I won't let my ego judge people or situations. I will let the Holy Spirit, who dwells in me, be my interpreter. Today I will love.
First and foremost, it is a choice. We can choose to share love with those we encounter, or we can look with our ego and share judgement, condemnation, anger, disappointment. The harder choice is sometimes the better route. Choosing to share love means overlooking faults. Overlooking mistakes. Overlooking shortcomings. And disappointments. And loss. And fear. In order to share love, we must look through the lens of forgiveness to our brother and realize that he is no better or worse than ourselves. He is simply a human.
We are all spiritual beings, currently on an earthly mission, in human bodies. The best thing we can do, for ourselves and each other, is share love.
Prayer: Father, don't let me be blinded by my ego's perception of the world around me. Help me see through eyes of love. Let me share love with others, as you have loved me, Lord. Let me be a vessel of your love and forgiveness today.