Minister's Message

"If We Love God Most, We Will Love Others Best"

Part 2

Matthew 22:37-39

     Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Like the apostle Paul, I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:3). Today, Id like to continue the discussion from Matthew 22:37-39 and its meaning in our lives. Last message I talked about the truths that God first loved us and what the horrible result of not loving God most would be: the horrifying things we hear in the news.

      It is always a joy to be able to say, but God.But God, being rich in mercy (Eph. 2:4),so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life(John 3:16).The author and per fecter of love, Love Himself, stepped into our horrible evil anarchy to redeem us (Rom. 5:8),His people, and give us new life (Eph. 2:5), and transform us from children of wrath into children of God (John 1:12) who are able to love Him supremely and therefore love each other rightlythe way He has loved us.

     And how has He loved us? With the greatest love there is, the love that moves one to lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).But this doesnt mean that Jesus loved us, His friends, more than His Father. It means that Jesus loved us best because He loved His Father most (John 17:26; Mark 14:36).  And if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (1 John 4:11).

     So we see that if we love God most, we will love others best. I find this to be a convicting and uncomfortable truth: How we love others, particularly other Christians, reveals how we love God. The apostle John puts it bluntly: “...For he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?” (1 John 4:20).Our love for each other is an in-dicator of the place God is holding in our hearts.

     God is very good at designing things this way: our faith is revealed by our works (James 2:18), our creeds are revealed by our deeds (Luke 6:46),and our love for Him is revealed by our love for others (1 John 4:20).  He makes it very hard for us to fake it. And this is a great kindness (Romans 2:4).

     Since the greatest and second greatest commandments are involved in these things, we know they are important to God. So perhaps the best thing we can do today is take an honest, lingering look at the way we love others, allow what we see to have its Philippians 2:12effect on us, and ask God what He would have us do in response. Remember our Mission and Vision statement here at University is to be A New Testament church seeking to evangelize, starting with the central core of Greater Cleveland. We will use our unique gifts and opportunities to engage with the community to bring souls to Jesus, develop and equip them for a 21st century ministry.And always remember that God loves you, Jesus died for you, I love you, and I am your servant for Jesussake!

Yours because of Calvary,

Terrance R. McClain, PhD.

Minister

 
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