[CF Devotionals] 2010-04-16 - Rules To Live By

Matthew 22:35-40

  1. One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him,
  2. "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?"
  3. And He said to him, " 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'
  4. "This is the great and foremost commandment.
  5. "The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'
  6. "On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."

Do we really live by these? Can you honestly say you love God above everything else in your life? I don't think I can. I want to at times, but mostly because I am guilted into it by a message in a book like the one I'm reading right now.

When I first met my wife, Dana, I thought she was absolutely amazing looking. I wanted to kiss her and hug her and all that kind of physical attraction stuff. I figured if she could just kiss half as well as she looked, that it would blow my socks off clear into next November or something. I thought she was better than a quarter cheese plate scattered well from Waffle House, even. I was into her and wanted to get stuff like those hugs and kisses from her. So I had a plan; I forced myself to follow some rules:

I dressed nicely around her. I didn't wear my comfortable, worn out t-shirts from high school and college days. I called her on the phone. Man, do I hate being on the phone. I would rather undergo surgery, than have to talk for more than a few short minutes on the phone. It wasn't Alexander Graham Bell that invented the phone, but Lucifer. I hate phones! But like most females, she liked talking, so I had to do it.

I had to be nice. I couldn't be flippant and sarcastic. I had to be nice. Ugh that killed me!

I had to buy her stuff. I got her gifts and other things, that took away from the money I could spend on things that I loved - like computers, music, and movies.

I didn't want to do those things, but I had to. But a funny thing happened; as I got to know her, I fell in love with her, and wanted to do those things because it made her happy and that made me happy – yes even happier than the hugs and kisses. Our relationship evolved from me having to do stuff to get something from her, to wanting to do stuff for her. The relationship evolved, because I began to love her. I began to love her with my heart, soul, and mind

We're supposed to read the Bible and pray, and follow the Ten Commandments so we get on God's good side - but that's the wrong way to look at it. We just need to love him, and then we'll want to do those things. I make my son read his Bible and pray so that one day he will love God and want to do those things. God commands our obedience, so we will grow one day, to the place where we want to give it away.

I am not fully there, but I'm trying to get there. What about you?

IHFHBOH
Adam

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All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted