Love is Commanded

Did you know that love is commanded, sure you do, however, some people forget even our ancestors forgot God’s two greatest commands in loving Him with all one’s heart, mind, and soul, the second is loving one’s neighbor as oneself (Matthew 22:36-40).

In 1 Kings 21:19, 25, King Ahab did not adhere to his basic teaching regarding God’s law and love, in loving one’s neighbor, when he made claims to Naboth’s vineyards after his death and by committing idolatry he did not demonstrate that he loved God with all his heart (1Kings 18:18). Furthermore, due to the complexity of his behavior by being led by his wife’s wicked behavior, who had Naboth killed because King Ahab was distraught over not getting his way when he offered Naboth a reasonable trade for his vineyard and he refused, King Ahab went to his royal palace and sulked, like a spoiled brat (1 Kings 21:1-14). However, his behavior was not like that all the time, he could be courageous, like when he disguised himself to go into battle (1Kings 22:29-30) and sometimes humbled himself towards God (1Kings 21:29). These changes in his behavior proved that his behavior was inconsistent and he was not aware that love does no wrong to his or her neighbor.

Romans 13:10-14 informs believers that “love does no harm to his or her neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” Think love and peace. Serve God and serve others.

Moral of the Story: Follow the two greatest commands of God, don’t follow your significant other’s behavior if it is bad, and be consistent with your behavior with God and people.

Blessings and love from the Father.

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