Mark 12:30: 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.

Mark 12:31: And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love
thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment
greater than these.

We, as Christians, are to live peaceable with all mankind. If we
claim to be followers of Jesus Christ, then we are to obey Him in
all things. God can enable us to walk with Him and live for Him
but we must be willing to let Him do that. That is where yielding
to God fits in. The Lord can change us but we must yield to Him.
He is the One who is supposed to lead us throughout this life. He
is our strength. We are weak but He is strong.

As Christians, we do not always follow God's commandments.
We don't always forgive when we should. We don't always love
the person that has hurt us so. We get angry sometimes. We get
frustrated. That is where we need to give our burdens over to the
Lord and say, "Help me Lord...I give this to me to me to love....I give you my burdens...."

The Lord Jesus said that we are to turn the other cheek and to be
kind to those who are not so kind to us. How can we do this?
Only by the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us. God can
love through us if we yield. We are His hands and feet in this
world. "Lord, help me to love this person that has hurt me....Help
me to serve You."

We are to love the Lord with all of our hearts. This is a
commandment. Our God is a GREAT GOD. He loves us with an
everlasting love. He has blessed us with so much and we should
love Him for so many reasons. He did not leave us to fend for
ourselves. Jesus died for our sins. He shed His blood for us. He
rose again so that we might walk in victory here on this earth and
live eternally someday with Him. God the Father, sent His Only
Begotten Son to die for us. What love is this!! God loves us. We
should love Him more than anything else. "Help me to love you,
Lord, with all of my heart...enable me to live the way I should
that I would walk pleasing in Your sight..."

I like what Adrian Rogers said,
"If you displease the Lord Jesus, it
doesn't matter who you please. If you please the Lord Jesus, it doesn't matter
who you displease."

Jesus told us to love our neighbor. We are to love our neighbor,
as we love ourselves. As Christians, we sometimes forget these
basic fundamental principles of Christianity. We are not alone
on this earth.
We do not have to carry our burdens alone. The
Lord is the One we should give our burdens to. He can enable us
to love the unloveable. Only He can do that. We cannot do this on
our own power. Our prayer should be..."Heavenly Father, help
us to be the people You would have us to be. Change us, mold us,
show us the things that so displease You-- that we may be true
followers of Jesus. Enable us to live for you and to yield to you do those things which are pleasing in your sight... in Jesus'
name, Amen!"

Jesus told us to,
"love one another" and yet there are still some
Christians who gossip about one another and who still hurt one
another. After all the sermons and after all the Bible studies they
have heard, they still gossip. Why can't they obey the Lord Jesus
Christ? We would never treat ourselves that way and yet some
Christians treat their sisters and brothers in Christ that way.
This should not be. Being a Christian means having integrity.
Being a Christian means being truthful, not spreading rumors.
Being a follower of Jesus means we serve Him and know that He
is with us. A Christian is not supposed to be a "talebearer". Some
use the church as a means in which to gossip: "Did you know
about so and so...?" "Oh so and so needs prayer...I heard that..."
"Now, its just a rumor but I heard..."  "We need to pray for so
and so because..."

Prov 11:13  
A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a
faithful spirit concealeth the matter.

This sort of behavior has no place in a True Born Again Believer's
life. We are to love another. Those that gossip do not love the
person they are talking about. Those that betray one's confidence
are not loving their neighbor. Gossip is the work of satan.  Prov
"The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go
down into the innermost parts of the belly."

John:14:15: If ye love me, keep my commandments.

1Thes:3:12a:   And the Lord make you to increase and abound in
love one toward another, and toward all men,

What sets Christianity apart from other religions is that we are to
love not just our fellow brethren but even our enemies. As
Christians, we follow the teachings of Jesus and believe that He
is the Son Of God who died for our sins and rose again and so we
must love one another. It is His commandment-- we are to obey

And this is his commandment, That we should
believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one
another, as he gave us commandment.

We all love those who love us but what about those who do not
love us? What about those who hate us? Who mistreat us?

For if ye love them which love you, what reward
have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

1John:4:20:   If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he
is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen,
how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

Do we pray for those unlovable people? Do we render kindness to
them? Or do we pay them the same payment as they do to us?
Something to think about. Remember something...God sees all
and He is the ultimate Judge of those people-- not us and He
commands us to be good to those who hate us and bless those
who use us. Are we Christians?

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my
love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide
in his love.

John:15:17:  These things I command you, that ye love one

We must follow the WHOLE word of God-- not just the things
that fit our attitude and lifestyle. We are to be truthful with
people and love them. If they are unkind to us and lie to us, they
shall someday receive their reward but let it not be by our hand.

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather
give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will
repay, saith the Lord.

Roma:13:10:   Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore
love is the fulfilling of the law.

1Tim:6:11:   But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow
after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

1John:4:21:   And this commandment have we from him, That he
who loveth God love his brother also.

God will reward every man according to his works. Those who
were vicious in this life will receive the reward of their actions.
Those without Christ, will die in their sins. We need to win as
many people to Jesus as possible for
He alone can forgive sin and
can give eternal life. How will anyone come to know the love of
Jesus if we are rude
to them? Remember to speak the truth in love. Living for Jesus
means allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you and to love through
you. We are to walk in love towards all men...even those who are
desperately unloveable. Only God can enable us to do this. It is
His power working in us.

Luke 6:32:   
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have
ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

Luke 6:35:  But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend,
hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye
shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the
unthankful and to the evil.

Colossians 3:12-14: Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and
beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind,
meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving
one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as
Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  And above all these things put
on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Remember, today, to let the love of Jesus show to those around
you. Let your light shine and may the words of Jesus be
grounded in your hearts so that others may know Jesus through
your testimony. Many people can be won over to Christ Jesus by
seeing the love of Jesus in us.

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in
tongue; but in deed and in truth.

1John:4:7-8   Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God;
and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He
that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

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Further Reading:

Laying Up Treasures
The Greatest Sin
Evidence of God's Love In a Blade of Grass
Give Your Burdens To The Lord
Trust in God, Hope in God
Running The Christian Race
To Be Like Jesus
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