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Allow His unconditional love to shape the way you love others

I love seeing this passage going around a lot more lately:⁠⠀

“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” -Matthew 22:37-39 ESV⁠⠀

What disappoints me, however, is too often I’m only seeing the “love your neighbor as yourself” part. Let’s remember that loving the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, and mind is the FIRST commandment. Why? Because loving Christ is what enables us to do the second command in the way God intended. It’s what makes loving our neighbors the way God commands possible.⁠⠀

Let’s not skip the first commandment. Let’s start there as Christ intended. Love the Lord your God with your whole self. Put your faith in Him, confess your sins, trust you are forgiven because of Christ’s death and resurrection.⁠⠀

Then, allow His unconditional love to shape the way you love others. 🖤⁠⠀

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