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Be Strong And Courageous

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Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:36–40, NIV.

It is ironic that the two greatest commandments are not listed in the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20.

These two great commandments that Jesus declares encapsulate those found in Exodus 20. The first four laws given in Exodus 20 are to strengthen our relationship with God and the remaining six laws demonstrate how we are to interact with our neighbor. Notice how none of these commandments tell us to love ourselves, which is contrary to what the world teaches.

2 Timothy 3:1–2 states, This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud…” This is not to say we are to despise ourselves, scripture teaches against that, but the law teaches to love our neighboras ourselves.

More Than A Feeling

Our culture refers to love as a feeling. However, in Biblical culture, love is more than a feeling and it is represented as an action. We are commanded to love without restraint. Jesus commanded in Matthew 5:44, “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” No one feelslike loving their enemy. In fact, loving your enemy fights against the DNA of our flesh, making this act of love supernatural.

Prayer: Lord, help me to love you with every aspect of my life and every part of my being. I do not want You to just be my number one, but I desire for You to be my only one. Help me to love like you love and teach me how to love those who hate and persecute me. Let me see beyond peoples’ hardened exterior so I can grasp the pain that encumbers them.

“… Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 Help Me Run The Race I just watched a video of track coach who trained a little girl with down…

“Because Joseph, her husband to be, was a righteous man, and because he did not want to disgrace her, he intended to divorce her privately” (Matthew 1:19, New English Translation). He was the descendant of a king and stepfather to the King of kings, yet we know very little about…

“Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually” (I Chronicles 16:11). If watching exercise clips online would increase my strength, I’d already be a healthier person. Unfortunately, I’m supposed to do those exercises, not just watch someone else sweat through them. I also get helpful emails telling me ways…

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?” (Matthew 18:12, New King James Version). Jesus often spoke in parables, stories or word pictures…

“Dear friend, you are acting faithfully in whatever you do for the brothers and sisters, especially when they are strangers” (III John 5, Christian Standard Bible). Third John, from which the above verse is taken, is a small book of only fourteen verses and addressed to a believer named Gaius.…

It was a beautiful afternoon. The breeze was just right as I stood in my backyard and began communing with my wonderful Savior. I felt the urgency to pray specifically for protection for my heart, so I did. I remember asking the Lord to keep hatred and any other feeling…