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Golden Rule: Three Most Important Things

September 25, 2011

Recently I was preparing for a Bible study on the three things Jesus tells us are the most important. 

When He was asked to explain the greatest of all commandments, Jesus said…

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.   And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.   All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” 
~ Matthew 22: 37 -40

We often think of the Golden Rule as just simply treating others the way we would want to be treated.  Although that is a huge part of it, the description that Jesus gives us reaches into every part of our being, every area of life is touched.  Heart, soul, mind. 

  • Love God
  • Love People
  • Love Yourself

Love… Thousands of words can be used to describe this one. 

Love God.  How many ways can we love God?  We love Him through faith and trust.  We love Him with patience and perseverance.  We love Him with all that is in us to give, even in the times it seems we have nothing to give.  We love Him through surrender.  And… we love Him by loving people.

Love people.  How many ways can we love people?  Respect.  Honor.  Forgive.  Encourage.  Pray.  Serve.  We love people the way we are supposed to love ourselves.

Love yourself.  How many ways can we love ourselves?  Acceptance.  Identity.  Gentleness.  Forgiveness.  Spiritual Freedom.  Hope. 

I want to dedicate every Monday to write about the depths of this topic, one that as Jesus explained reveals the three most important things… The Golden Rule: Love God, Love People, Love Yourself.  
Each week allowing God to touch another space of my life (heart, mind and soul) to love Him, love people and love myself.

Will you join me?  I would love to read your thoughts as we discover together the depths of these three very important things… 

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