If We Love God Most, We Will Love Others Best. The most loving things we can do for others is love God more than we love them. For if we love God most, we will love others best. I read this article and wanted to share it because it was so good.
There’s a reason why Jesus said the second greatest commandment is like the first: if we love God with all our heart, we will love our neighbor as ourselves. Matthew 22:37-39 “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 neighbor as thyself.” It functions like faith and works; if we truly have the first, the second comes naturally.
But if God is not the love of our life, there is no way we will truly love our neighbor as ourselves. For we will love ourselves supremely.
The reason we will love others best when we love God most is that love in its truest, purest form only comes from God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” We are only able to love him or anyone else because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 “We love him, because he first loved us.” We are only able to give freely to others what we have received freely from him.
The best thing we can do today is take an honest, lingering look at the way we love others, allow what we see to have its Philippians 2:12 “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” effect on us, and ask God what he would have us do in response. (J Bloom)