Jesus said that the most important commandment of all is to love the Lord our God. Two key ways of loving the Lord are by serving his children, and by following the commands in his Word. So keep loving one another, your neighbors, and your enemies, and also commit to resisting evil.
Love is something you do. That means there are specific things you can do to be more loving, and thus experience more love in your life. Therefore be intentional about loving others, and take active steps to become better at it, so you can increase the total happiness in the world.
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Here are the readings from “Love Your Enemies”:
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
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The Lord’s kingdom is the neighbor to which we are to give the highest level of our love, because the Lord’s kingdom means the church across the entire world, also known as “the communion of saints.” It includes heaven as well.
People who love the Lord’s kingdom love all in the whole world who acknowledge the Lord, have faith in him, and have goodwill toward their neighbor; they also love all who are in heaven. People who love the Lord’s kingdom love the Lord above all else. They have more love for God than others do. This is because the church in the heavens and on earth is the Lord’s body. They are in the Lord and the Lord is in them. Loving the Lord’s kingdom, then, is fully loving their neighbor. People who love the Lord’s kingdom not only love the Lord above all else; they also love their neighbor as themselves. Love for the Lord is a universal love. It affects every aspect of spiritual life and also every aspect of earthly life. This is because love for the Lord dwells in the highest reaches of us, and things at the top flow into things lower down and bring them to life in the same way that our will flows into all our intentions and actions, and our intellect flows into all our thoughts and conversations. Therefore the Lord says,
“Seek first the kingdom of the heavens and its justice. Then all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)