We can show our love for God by showing our love for others

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Most people familiar with the Bible remember the time when Jesus was asked to say which of the 613 commandments of the religious law of the time was the greatest (Matthew 22:34-38).

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind,” Jesus replied, “and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” We call this The Great Commandment.

How can you and I fulfill this commandment? Must each of us become a Christian missionary or go into some other full-time ministry? History shows that there are many ways people have tried to fulfill The Great Commandment.

Let me suggest a sometimes overlooked way. We may prayerfully ask God to give us the grace we need to give, share, console one another, bandage a wound, lift a fallen human spirit, mend a quarrel, search out a forgotten friend, dismiss a suspicion and replace it with trust, encourage some one who has lost faith, let someone who feels helpless do a favor for me, keep a promise, bury an old grudge, reduce my demands on others, fight for justice for others, or to tell someone that I love him or her and then tell him again.

One of the reasons I recommend this is because of what Jesus said on another occasion as he urged us to show love and compassion by giving practical help to those around us.

“Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers, you did it to me!” he says (Matthew 25:45).

Love for God, neighbor, and self are somehow bound up together.

THE REV. G. DANIEL MCCALL IS MINISTER OF PASTORAL CARE AT FAIRVIEW PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN NORTH AUGUSTA.

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howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 05/05/12 - 03:44 pm
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There is one glaring omission

There is one glaring omission in this letter. The best way to fulfill the Great Commandment is to first make absolutely certain you have an intimate, dynamic relationship with God. If you do that, good works to others will naturally flow. You'll love others if you truly love God first.

Can't get the cart before the horse. Anyone, even atheists, can fullfill the Commission outlined by Mr. McCall. Obviously Christianity has to be more than just being a good humanitarian. Christianity is seeking a deep, fulfilling relationship with Christ, first and foremost.

Despite all the good advice given, it's funny how the article here omits the #1 most important thing of all.

jpolis
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jpolis 06/27/13 - 02:12 am
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Loving God

We show our love to God by loving our fellow man. There was no omission in the Pastor's statement! We must remember that God is absolutely perfect - He has no need of anything. He is complete in Himself. He was complete in Himself in an eternity past, before the creation of the universe and even before the creation of the angels. He is complete in Himself now as He was then. God is the source of love as the sun is the source of light for our earth. As light comes down and spreads throughout this earth, so it is with the love of God. As the light comes down to earth, it does not receive anything from its reflection. it is the same with God who loves. It come down to us and should spread to our fellow man. We show our love to God by loving our fellow man. “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers, you did it to me!” (Matthew 25:45). The only thing we can give to God is our worship, which is to show our adoration, esteem and honor for that love which he has given us and we can't even give that unless we love our fellow man.
Matthew 5:23 "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. (NIV)
The height of arrogance is to think that God needs something from us!
"We honor God and show that we love Him by following the example that Jesus set. We need to take our worship to the streets by loving, socializing with, caring for and meeting the needs of those around us."

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