PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Luke 10:25-28
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Do this, and you will live.” (Luke 10:28)
Loving God and others is not a password or ritual to get in to heaven.
These are not just arbitrary rules, they are wisdom for living.
To love God and people is healthy, natural, God-designed living.
If everyone loved God and people, our world would be paradise.
To not love is the same as to not eat healthy or exercise – it kills us.
It is how “life to the full” (John 10:10) is actually experienced and enjoyed.
It is the most fulfilling, soul-satisfying, life-blessing way to live.
But we have reversed this order: we love ourselves, then others, then God if needed.
It was not loving God and people that got Jesus killed, it was other people not loving.
Jesus breaks the curse of sin and death to free us from self-love.
He gives us his Spirit of love to help us start to do this and live!
Jesus invites us to take steps towards loving God and people, however imperfect.
Not as a ticket to be accepted (God already accepts us), but for the thrill itself.
In time we will find that Jesus is right when he says, “do this, and you will live!”
Lord, our focus on rules and rituals has sucked the life out of our relationship with you. Though I cannot do this perfectly, with your help I can start. Help me to grow in my love for God and people!