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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Joanne Lowe's Meditations: 'It Is A Commandment'

“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  There is none other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:29-31 (King James Version)
     The newspapers, the television, the radio and the internet are reporting violence and murder.  Just yesterday, I read about a mother who killed her two children.  It is very clear that we are not doing what Jesus told us to do.  I think we understand that we are to love God but we are also to love people.
     “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in Him?” (1 John 3:17)  This verse is not just talking about giving our money; it is also talking about giving compassion, love and understanding.
     Joyce Landorf Heatherley, a Christian speaker and author, said on one of her teaching tapes.  “The people we sit next to in church look fine and darling, but inside they are dying”.  We don’t know what heartaches the people we sit next to in church have but one thing is for sure, all of us need to be loved.
     We need to remember that when we are kind, we are being kind to Jesus.  “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40).  Are you being kind and loving to Jesus?
Joanne Lowe
July 31, 2012

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