How do you love God?
Words are nice, but actions speak much louder.
When our children were little we would hang what ever art work they brought home from school in a place of honor. The front of the refrigerator always held the most recent treasure they brought home and select others would find other places of honor and many were carefully preserved and stored. A painting our daughter made in college now adorns our bedroom wall. The way that we treasure our children’s art demonstrates with actions that we love them.
But how do you love God?
A lawyer, asked Jesus a question to test him. “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
Jesus said to him, ” ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
— Matthew 22:34-40
If we can demonstrate our love to our children by protecting and promoting their works of art, might we also demonstrate our love of God by protecting and promoting God’s creations? In short by loving our neighbors. For if we can learn to love our neighbors whom we can see and hear and touch, then might also learn to love the one True God.
I will have more to say about Matthew 22:34-46 on Sunday, October 29th at Temple Terrace Presbyterian Church.
Robert Shaw, Pastor