Matthew 22:36 40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Throughout the Scriptures we are told to do many things all of which are important to our walk with the Lord. The Lord desires our prayers, our faithfulness, our service, but above all else, He desires our love, devotion, and affection.
The two greatest commandments of all is to love the Lord our God with: all our heart, all our soul, all our strength, and then love our neighbor as ourselves. It is only as our love is wholly centered on the Lord that He can safely send us out to serve. It is as our love is centered on the Lord there flows from within us a burden and compassion to serve human needs. All the law with its 614 commands and all of the prophets with all of their instruction and wisdom hangs upon these two commandments.
It was once said, “The fruit of a Christian is another Christian,” meaning that we should be producing other Christians. But I would change that to the fruit of a Christian is a Christian life, and the fruit of a Christian life is another Christian. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16) but people should also be attracted and drawn to the Christian life we live. Jesus said we’d be known that we are His disciples by the love we show to one another (John 13:34, 35). If we are not living the life, if the Light is not shining out of us and we are walking in darkness, then no one will be drawn to our darkness. We need to start living the life and walk worthy of our calling as Saints and Christians.
Love has many characteristics and attributes that I could name but I’d like you to think of these four: love has devotion, sacrifice, pursuit, and time.
1. LOVE HAS DEVOTION – to give up one’s time, energy, or oneself to some purpose, activity, or person. Suggests the giving up or applying of oneself with the seriousness or earnestness evoked by a formal vow, commitment, or promise.
2. LOVE HAS SACRIFICE – the act of giving up something valued for the sake of something that has a more pressing claim. You give up something you love for something you love more. Anything or anyone you are willing to sacrifice for will at times cause your lifestyle to be changed and your priorities to be re-arranged.
3. LOVE HAS PURSUIT – to chase: to follow in order to overtake; to strive for; to seek after.
4. LOVE HAS TIME INVESTED – we make time for what we love. We adapt our time and adjust our time for what we love.