“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians [2:10]
In Matthew 22, when Jesus was asked about the Greatest Commandment, His response was two-fold. First, He instructed His followers to love God with everything we have. And then, He told us to love others as we love ourselves.
In verse 40, Jesus ties them together by saying, “On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
The focus of Scripture is loving Jesus and loving others. We cannot have one without the other. Guy Doud, 1986 National Teacher of the Year once said, “You only love Jesus as much as the person you love least!”
When I have resentment toward another person, can I really say I am loving Jesus? Especially when we consider that Jesus was asking God the Father to forgive the people who were hurling insults at Him while He was suffering on the cross (Luke 23). Conversely, when I allow the Holy Spirit to fill me with the love of Jesus, and I abide in Christ, it empowers me to have more grace and less resentment.
God created us to love Him and to love others. Our works are an outpouring when God’s love fills us up. There is freedom when we participate in the ministry of Jesus Christ. It becomes our nature when we abide in the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
Jesus, thank You for the love and grace You have given me. Thank You for creating me to love You and to love others. May I do both in a way that brings You glory. Amen.