Love Him and Love Others


Do you know how many times in the Bible God tells someone to go and tell someone else that He loves them? Me either—but I know it is a lot. God tells Israel that He chose them because He loved them and their ancestors (Deuteronomy 7:7-8). He turned the curses of Balaam into blessings because He loved Israel (Deuteronomy 23:5). He sends His faithful love daily proclaims the Psalmist (Psalm 42:8). He loves with a faithful and everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). And He doesn’t only love Israel He loves all those who pursue righteousness—those who pursue a right relationship with Him (Proverbs 15:9). He proves His love by sacrificing His own son, even though we are sinners (Romans 5:8). It is God’s love that should motivate us to love (1 John 4:19). Jesus tells us that every command in the Bible, every obligation to God, every expectation He has for us can be met if we simply love Him and love others (Matthew 22:37-38).

Recently I heard a song on the radio convey this point very poetically. Jason Gray sings a song titled, “With Every Act of Love”. In this song there is a line in the chorus that says, “God put a million, million doors in the world for His love to walk through; one of those doors is you.” We know that God is the source of love, because “God is Love” (1 John 4:8). Jesus tells us that people will know we follow Him and that we love God when they see how we love people (John 13:35). Today we will wrap up our study of the Gospel of Mark with the commission Jesus gave to those who would follow Him. The greatest possible way to be an evangelist is to simply love and care for other people. The lost people of the world don’t need more judges or critics—they need more love.

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