Daily Advent Devotion Tuesday, December 10

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – Psalm 124; Amos 7:10-17; Revelation 1:9-16 and Matthew 22:34-46

Matthew 22:34-46 – 34When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together, 35and one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” 37He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the greatest and first commandment. 39and a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

For me it all comes down to love.

First off this Advent thought; “for God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son, not to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17)

Thanks be to God for the gift of His love given through His Son.

Then because God first loved us we are to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind (in Mark and Luke they add and strength). Love God with all our being.

God’s love for us and our love for God then calls for us to love our neighbor. In Jesus’ summary of all the laws and prophets he says “love your neighbor as yourself”. So we are to love our neighbor as our self, this means we’re to love our self as well.

So God loved us and we are to love God, our neighbor and our self. We love our self because God loves us and doesn’t create junk. Yet, we don’t put our self – me – above others and especially God.

My how Jesus’ words level the playing field called life. What a difference it would make if we could all do what Jesus calls us to do. I do believe as we love God, love our neighbor and even love our very self our portion of the world would be better off.

Today focus upon Jesus’ words to the lawyer; hear them being spoken to you. Then strive to let them structure how you live out God’s love this very day.

O God, thanks for showing your everlasting love for all in the sending of Your Son. Help me today to love You, love others and love my self. Thanks for the gift of love sent unto all. Amen.

Psalm 124 –  Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

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