The Command to Love

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.                                                                                                                                                               Deuteronomy 4:4-6

In our culture, we have so equated love with emotion and romance that it sounds strange to command someone to love another. Yet, that is exactly what God told his followers, the Hebrews, to do. They were commanded to love him.

So, is God a needy entity that must order people to love him? No. We are commanded to love him because it is good and right for us to do so. Jesus expanded this to include loving our neighbors as ourselves when he was questioned about the greatest commandment.

Since this is a commandment, it really does not seem optional does it? We are told to show love to others- not to feel love for others, but to actively love other people. The great wisdom of God is that same principle I discuss in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Act in a loving manner toward others, and you will then begin to experience the feeling of love. You know the drill- DO, THEN FEEL.

Love is a command, and as it becomes a habit, it feels natural. The Christian message is quite clear and simple.

Love one another.

Prayer: Lord, you gave us the command to love you as well as our neighbor. Help us to see ways to do the thing that is good for us and others, Amen

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