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How do we live wholehearted lives?
So much of my Christian life I have been told to strive.
I have been taught things such as, "Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself"
Instead of, "As I have loved you, so you must love one another"
There is a big difference.
Jesus was answering a Pharisee who asked him what the greatest commandment in the law was. Jesus proceeded to tell him the greatest commandment which the Law and the Prophets hang on, Matthew 22:37-40. Both which depend on human effort. How much strength we have to love God and how well we love our neighbor and ourselves depends on how well we are able to love. Uff-dah I have a lot of work to do on both of those accounts. Give me a minute and let me strap on the heavy yoke of striving that well-meaning Christians hand to me and get to WORK! Sadly, much of the church believes this is the foundational truth of the gospel. It was the greatest commandment of the law and prophets. The striving, the working, the trying to love God. It's a heavy yoke. Many are getting tired. I was.
BUT Jesus on the last night with his disciples said,
"A NEW commandment I give to you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."
AS I HAVE LOVED YOU.
Wait...so we can focus on His love FOR us? Knowing we are loved, receiving that and believing that?
We know we are loved and out of that we love others? It's His love in me that works through me? Not the love I can muster out of my own striving and working?
Breathe deep of that freedom.
Rest in His love.
When you look at living life loved, you discover how deeply you are KNOWN. How your Creator delights in you. The overflow of that is an ability to delight in those around you. You develop a community of honor and celebration around you. It's no longer competition and comparison. It's a discovery that we are abiding in the same branch, and there is beauty in the unique fruit we produce.
Drop the heavy yoke, the striving, and become aware you are a part of the branch and begin your
Together we learn what it means to EMBRACE living life loved, DISCOVER our uniqueness and CELEBRATE one another in healthy community.
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