God’s word not only tells us what to believe, but how to live out our faith practically.

Jesus tells us that the entire law of God can be summed up in two commandments: loving God supremely and loving one another practically (Matthew 22:36-40). Paul echoes that very same truth: “Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments… are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” (Romans 13:8-10). The apostle John writes that we know that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren (1 John 3:14).

This love is shown every time we bless one another by using the gifts or talents that God has given us (1 Peter 4:10,11; Romans 12:6-8). This love that we have as Christians is not natural, it is supernatural. This love is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). This love is the bi-product of abiding in Jesus Christ (John 15:1-12). This love is driven by a love for Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14), and is others-minded (Philippians 2:4).

May each and every one of us in this church family seek to please the heart of the Father by loving Him and one another. There is no greater commandment (1 John 3:23).