Love Your Enemy
Love Above All 4
Luke 6:27-36, Matthew 22:37-40
Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, your soul, and your mind. Second UNTO this, love your neighbor as yourself (and love yourself as you love your neighbor)
When Jesus is asked, “what is the greatest commandment?”, he answers with pristine diplomacy and conviction. He begins with the Shemah, the verses everyone devoted to the Jewish faith not only had memorized, but literally wore on their forehead, “Love the Lord your God”. He doesn’t leave it hanging there though, He continues with instructions for what this looks like. “Second to this, love your neighbor as yourself.”
Love the Lord your God, and do this by loving your neighbor as yourself. A mentor of mine encouraged me to complete this by adding, “love yourself as you love your neighbor.”
Love is the mark that defines someone who follows Jesus.