Higher Purpose

Before acting or speaking…let love be your motivation.

(Listen to my song “God’s Love Is All You Need” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Mark 7:8-9

“You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.” He went on to say, “How well you have set aside the commandment of God in order to uphold your tradition!”

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Jesus made it clear that love is the most important thing…when he was asked to specify the greatest commandment.

This is what he said: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31).

If you look at the various Christian denominations today…there are a mountain of rules, doctrines, dogmas, rituals and beliefs.

How strange…when Jesus did not emphasize rules.

As a matter of fact…he made a practice of breaking them when love demanded it.

Love and healing seemed to be his main concerns.

Rules and doctrines do have their place in giving us structure and a framework for discussion.

But they have unfortunately been used too often as instruments to punish, ostracize and inflict pain.

Sometimes it seems we have lost the most important, foundational teaching: to love.

Since God is love (1 John 4:8)…we are called to channel that love.

Your church should be doing the same.

Does yours?

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Listen to the song of the day “God’s Love Is All You Need” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

Stream and/or purchase my songs on iTunes by clicking HERE.

Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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