The Daily Link: God’s Love Means Twins

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (KJV, Matthew 22:37-39).

Biblical faith is about love for God and our neighbors. The Lord Jesus said the second commandment looks like the first. Love for God looks like love for one’s neighbor – they’re twins. What’s a neighbor? People in your sphere of influence.

“We receive Christ not only as a gift by faith, but also as an example of love toward our neighbor, whom we are to serve as Christ serves us. Faith brings and gives Christ to you with all his possessions. Love gives you to your neighbor with all your possessions. These two things constitute a true and complete Christian life; then follow suffering and persecution for such faith and love, and out of these grows hope and patience” (Martin Luther).

“God is very good to us…Let us enjoy His favors with a thankful and cheerful heart; and, as we can make no direct return to Him, [let us] show our sense of his goodness to us by continuing to do good to our fellow-creatures, without regarding the returns they make us, whether good or bad. For they are all His children, though they may sometimes be our enemies” (Benjamin Franklin).

“Now love does not receive his mercy, but faith only; out of which faith love springs, by which love I pour out again upon my neighbor that goodness that I have received of God by faith…we make good works fruits, by which our neighbor is the better, and by which God is honored…by which we know that our faith is no trick of imagination and dead opinion…but a living thing produced by the Holy Spirit” (William Tyndale).

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