The greatest commandment in the Bible is to
“Love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind..” (Matthew 22:37)
and the second to
“Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39)
If these are the first and second commandments, love is an important (and powerful) thing.
But what about the days you just feel like strangling anyone who crosses your path?
I think (I hope!) I’m not the only one who feels like that sometimes.
For anyone who is a professing Christian, how we react to things and conduct ourselves is a direct reflection on God. It’s important that we make sure we are being a “good example”, that we are not hindering God’s work by letting our sinfulness reflect badly on God.
The good news? We are all sinners and Christ can work through our brokenness and sinfulness.
The most important thing that we don’t hinder in our lives is God’s love, not only to other people, but also to ourselves.
If you want to be able to give love to other people, you have to first be filled with God’s love.
God loves you immensely. If He loves you enough to die on the cross, even if it was only for you, then you can get a picture of how much He loves you.
Sometimes I feel anger inside, or bitterness, that hinders God’s love in me. I have to pray and ask God to take away the feelings I shouldn’t have and fill me with His love instead.
The way we are filled with God’s love is in spending time with God. Through praying or reading the Word–hopefully both!–we are transformed into Christ’s image, and therefore filled with His love.
It is only when we truly give Him reign in our life, and open our hearts up to be transformed, that He can change us.
So if you’re having a “strangle-somebody” day, pause in your work and go read and pray. What we do out of love will have an extremely negative effect on our relationships, work, and everything else around us, so make it a priority to stay close to Christ–and in His love!