What is the second greatest order? If you’re a scholar of Scripture, a believer, it’s possible which you said something like “Adore your neighbor as yourself.” In case you did, you’d be appropriate – nearly.
“Adore the Lord your God with all your soul and with all of your heart and with all your thoughts, Jesus himself said. This is the greatest and first commandment. And this was Jesus’ answer to the inquiry, “Which is the greatest commandment in Regulations?” – referring, needless to say, to the Law of Moses.
People come to me, Pastor Chris, as head of Christ Embassy and have questions about the most important commandment. Until Jesus came, the next greatest command as http://new.pastorchrisonline.org/ stated in the Old Testament (Leviticus 19) was utterly acceptable. The truth is, I presume it was the best we could hope for in relation to loving another human being.
But throw to the mix the actual fact that sometimes we don’t even love ourselves. Sometimes we are able to genuinely fight to like what we are, what we do, and definitely who we are. Just how can we be expected to love others if we don’t even learn the best way to love ourselves, as we love ourselves? There are days when many folks fight just to be pleasant to ourselves. So how do we love? The reply is given by Jesus.
In the gospel of John, Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you personally, that you love one another: Just as I’ve loved you, you also are to love one another.” The bar has been lifted by Jesus.
The relationships we have with others must be wide paths of thanksgiving and gratitude. Too often we get bogged down in the facts of our interactions with one another. Even when we do recall to say “thank you” to one another, we’re virtually always referring to merely one actions or favor.
How regularly do we manage to thank a person not merely for something they have done, but for who they are and for what they
really mean to us?
In contemplating this, I’m reminded of a story in the Gospel of Luke where Jesus heals 10 lepers of their afflictions. Of the http://downloadp.pastorchrislive.net/mdx/loginSync.php 10 who are fixed, only one makes the attempt to say “thank you.” But he’sn’t only saying thank you for the healing. He falls down and praises God as a result of what’s happened. It’s clear he understands who Jesus really is. Jesus even acknowledges this by declaring that he has been made by the man’s religion well, beyond the uncomplicated curing of the disease. By offering thanks and compliments, the guy revealed that he appreciated what was done for him, but that he wished to maintain relationship with God from that day forward.
As we gather with our families and friends for the approaching holidays and Thanksgiving, we’re given the same chance as this man who was cured by Jesus. We must go beyond purely thanking folks for what they’ve done, although we Beloved Pastor Chris have the opportunity to exhibit gratitude to the men and women in our own lives. If we desire the people we care about to understand how important they are to us, then we must tell them. We have to thank them for simply being parents, our friends, kids, siblings, relatives or whatever they may be. If we want those relationships to be as profound so that as purposeful as they ought to be, then they need to be cherished far above anything else we appreciate or value.
All the nice things in our lives flow from the relationships we have with other, and especially from that important relationship that we have with God.
So, this year let’s not just for what they’ve done thank folks.