Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’ All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets stem from these two laws and are fulfilled if you obey them. Keep only these and you will find that you are obeying all the others.”
Written by: Danielle Morgan
One thing we take for granted, or simply just don’t realize, is that God loves us just as we are. He doesn’t love the version we strive to be, or the picture-perfect version we so desperately want others to see.
God loves who we are—just as we are.
Despite the messes we make and the chaos swirling around us, He chose you and He chose me. That’s a perfect example of the love and grace He has given us.
What we so often fail to realize is that God created us to be in relationship; to love and to be loved.
Just as we are to be in a loving, grace-filled relationship with Him, we are also to be in loving and grace-filled relationships with each other. Jesus makes this very clear when He shares the two greatest commandments in the scripture above.
Look at your life and consider those who are in it. Pay close attention to the deepest relationships surrounding you. Jesus left us an example of how to love. What would it look like to love others the way Jesus loves us? What would it look like to extend grace?
Thought for the day: Healthy relationships can be overwhelming because the reality is that relationships take a lot of work. You must show up and do your part of loving and investing in the other person. Consider those who are in your closest circle—your significant other, children, close family, best friends, etc. Instead of thinking of all of the areas the other person needs to change, start to consider the ways in which you can extend love and grace that mirrors the example of Jesus.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for Your example. Help me to love _______ the way You love them. Help me to see them the way You see them. Show me ways today that I can be an example of love and grace to those around me. Where there is brokenness, begin to restore through Your grace. In Your name I ask these things, amen.