Day 4 – Passion for Others
“The most important one, is this: ‘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 mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:29-31
Often times, when we have the desire to make amends and strengthen our relationship with God, we understand that more than us reaching out to Him, He is the One who reaches down to us. He is a loving and a forgiving God. He is merciful when we are in need of forgiveness and if we are willing to submit, He gives us the second chances we need to stand up again.
However, there are times where we have more problems regarding our relationships with people. We easily hold grudges, and we are not as forgiving. And even if we do forgive, it’s difficult for us to forget.
When Jesus was asked about the greatest commandment, He did not forget to mention that not only should we love the Lord our God with all that we have – we should also love our neighbors as well.
When we are strengthening and growing in our relationship with God, we discover more about God. In the process, we find out that He cares for and loves people.
Have you ever disliked something – whether it is an activity, a type of food, etc. – but because of your close friend or spouse, you eventually got used to it and now it is your favorite thing to do, to eat, etc.?
It’s the same with God. Although we might have a hard time trusting, loving and caring for people, our God trusts, loves, and cares for them all the time! And because we get to realize that our God’s passion is people, we too begin to develop a passion and love for the people whom He has entrusted to us.
Here’s what John has to say about loving God and not being able to love others,
“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” John 4:20
Start to ask God for His heart as you continue to love and care for the people around you. Pastor Erwin McManus said this:
“Those who are searching for the love of God find it through the love of God’s people.”