“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Mt. 22:36-39.
Jesus tells us in today’s verse that we are to love others as we love ourselves. He knows we are inherently self-centered and with rare exception, we love ourselves unconditionally.
We are to love others not out of duty, but in recognition of their worth and “lovability” based upon God’s love for them.
We are to love others because God loves them…not for what they can do for us. And this relational command applies to all our relationships outside of God.
This impossible feat can only be accomplished with God’s power. We can only love others unconditionally when we allow God to love through us. That means giving control of that relationship over to Him.
So often when we are in relationship with another person, whether a family member or a friend, we have an agenda for that relationship. We have something we desire from them.
When we have an agenda within a relationship…we resort to manipulation.
We cannot love others unconditionally while at the same time trying to manipulate them.
Ask God to take control of your relationships so that He can love the other person through you.
Become a lover…as He is.
Prayer: Lord, teach me to love others unconditionally!