What would happen if everyone truly made love their top priority?
“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.”
When Jesus was asked which was the first of all the commandments, the above was his answer.
Life’s most important objectives are love and togetherness.
It couldn’t be any clearer than this.
God is the Source of everything.
And as scripture tells us: “God is love” (1 John 4:8).
We, and all creation, come from this Love.
For Jesus, our neighbor was everybody.
He made that clear by ordering us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44).
Jesus’ statements about loving God and our neighbor as ourselves weren’t just pious platitudes only for holy people.
These were commandments for all people.
This is what Christianity is supposed to be about.
As Christian writer G.K Chesterton once said, “Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.”
With the killing of George Floyd and the tremendous upheaval it has evoked, perhaps we are witnessing a turning point where we will finally allow love to guide us and unite us – no matter what race, creed, gender or sexual orientation.
God loves all people exactly the way they are, and we are called to love all as if they were us.
Amen…and may it be so.
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