And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 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. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”—Matthew 22:35-40
We enjoy a lot of freedom in this world.
We can choose how we live by making choices that set the ball rolling to achieve our goals…or not. That “or not” is also a choice.
We can choose our emotions and how we will react to the things that happen in life; the words that sting and hurt, the seeming unfairness of the way life has a habit of going its own way…God’s will instead of our way, the actions of others who will not acquiesce to our plans, and the injustice of those who get away with far more than they should without immediate consequence.
We can choose our mate and when to let them into our heart.
We can choose how many children to have, or not to have any at all. We can choose how we will respond to not getting to have children of our own.
We can choose our words, or whether to say anything in any given situation.
We can choose how we treat people. We can treat them with respect, decency, and the agape love of Jesus Christ, or we can treat them with disdain, distrust, abuse, and hatred like the weak in the world. God gives us the choice and that choice is based on conjecture. We can never know all there is to know about the past, present, and future of any person. This is where faith guides our choice.
When we first believe, God changes us from the inside out but if we do not make the choice to act upon those changes, we will stagnate right where we are and wonder why nothing is happening. We pray for years for God to change our hearts so we can see people as He does and love them as He does, not realizing that He already has but we haven’t made the choice to put that change into action!
Making a choice is as simple as a prayer seeking God’s will and the willingness to put ourselves out there to be His hands, feet, and heart in service to our fellow man. Even then, it takes time.
I’m so thankful for God’s patience while we intentionally learn to love.
By His will…