Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Thou shalt LOVE

Isn't a glorious thing that when Jesus was asked what were the greatest commandments, He did not reply 'Thou shalt not.....'! Rather 'You SHALL love the Lord your God with ALL your..... and love your neighbor as yourself'!
The freedom Christ has given to the believer is the freedom to OBEY and that through the same means with which the Son obeyed the Father, LOVE! Another way of illustrating this truth, is to say that the 'thou shalt not's' separate us FROM the world, whereas the 'Thou shalt LOVE's' separate us UNTO God!
The 'thou shalt not's' have much to do with restriction and restraint from certain things (sin), whereas the 'Thou shalt LOVE's' have much to do with release and response. The reality of such a call will doubtless leave you convinced that if our obedience has something to do with what we give from within, then the change needed has to be of God for no man has the ability to change his own heart.
Praise the Lord, that God has promised to give us 'NEW HEARTS', that would cause us to love Him!
Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

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