This is it. Matthew 22:36-37 tells us the most important commandment. If you’ve decided to get serious about your relationship with God, then this commandment is the place to start. Every element of being Christlike is built on this principle. Learning to love the Lord with your heart, soul, and mind will be a continual process that lasts your whole life.
So what does it look like to love the Lord with every part of you? It means that you begin to love the way God loves, think the way God thinks, act the way God acts, and hate the things God hates. Don’t hold Back. His love for you has no limits or hesitations. You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by going for it.
Don’t be disappointed if you’re not an overnight sensation. Remember, this is a process – learning to spend time with Him; giving and receiving grace; working on areas of your life that don’t look anything like God; forgiving and being forgiven; trusting; slowly, ever so wonderfully, looking more and more like the One you love. Imitation is the highest form of adoration. Be an imitator of God.
How many times have you heard, ” Don’t let your mouth get you in trouble“? Even having heard that advice, how many times have you let your mouth run out of control? Maybe you went off on your mom and she grounded you for the weekend. Maybe you called your brother a name and he punched you in the nose. Maybe you said something unkind about someone, they heard about it, and now they’ve sworn to get back at you.
Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, is considered one of the wisest man ever. He knew that once you say something to somebody, take it back. Proverbs 18:21 says that ” death and life are in the power of the tongue”. It’s true. Your words are Powerful. They can encourage, inspire, comfort, or explain; or they can hurt, bite, sting, or devastate. Choose your words carefully and make them good. Count to 10 before you spout off a bunch all the insults you’ll later regret. Your words can carry ” death” or send out ” life”! Which will you choose?
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