Jesus said all the commandments are fulfilled in this commandment, “Love God with all your heart and love your neighbour as yourself”. The Ten Commandments were given for our good to guide us in what is good and acceptable. Man added to these commandments to shackle us with rules and regulations which were burdensome. Jesus came to set us free from these laws by giving us the law of love and life. His law is love and love fulfils all the commandments and rules to govern life. Laws are like boundaries. They protect us and keep us safe from danger. Break the law and it will break you.
Loving God appears to be easy. However the love for God is seen in our love for others. The way we show we love God is through our love for our fellow human beings. This is the litmus test for our love for God. Some may say this is unfair as God is all loving but humans are not. Yet Jesus command is to love our enemies. Who can fulfil this command? With God all things are possible. If God said it than it must be possible. Yet in real life we struggle with this commandment to love our enemies. This is because we are trying to do it in our own strength. In His Spirit it is possible to love our enemies. Jesus loved Judas even though He knew he would betray Him.
We must first love ourselves to be able to love others. In the Spirit we can love ourselves despite all our failings and traumas. God’s love can do the impossible. We cannot love others if we do not first love ourselves. We were made in the image of God. When we see ourselves as God sees us then we will love ourselves as He loves us. Today let us turn our eyes from self to God and see the transformation take place. His love will so change us that we will be able to love anyone as Jesus loves all and died for all. Our relationships will change and peace will fill our homes as we love as He loves.