Friday, March 11, 2005

This Love Surpasses Knowledge

Almost everyone is familiar with the two greatest commandments given in the Bible about love.

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."
"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
See Matthew 22:36-40.

There is also another version of these commandments that Jesus gave in John 13:34.

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another." See also John 15:12.

Christians need to grow in the knowledge of Jesus love, for with that knowledge they themselves will be able to respond with love to God, His Son and His children. This takes a deeper commitment than the previous commandments as there is a need to reach beyond self-love to God's love as the standard.

There is story of a woman that washed Jesus feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. When the host protested because she was a sinner, Jesus replied,"Her sins, which are many have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little." (found in Luke 7:37-48) It was the love Jesus had for her that prompted her tears The opposer was not aware of his own sinfulness, otherwise he too would have been on the floor with the her, weeping.

The first step to this love is to recognize the deep need for forgiveness.

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