THE STRASBURG CHURCH OF CHRIST
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Preacher - L. John Bost
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HOW TO HAVE A CLOSER WALK WITH JESUS
II. Love the Lord Your God With All Your Heart.
When a lawyer tempted Jesus asking Him, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus answered, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matt 22:37). Our Lord put it this way in Mark 12:33, "And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul…”
How deep a love is that? Well, for one thing, Jesus said in Matthew 10:37-38:
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
John reveals that Jesus is God. He writes in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Now, since Jesus is God, we must love Him with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength, and understanding!
II. Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.
Jesus closely ties something with loving God. After declaring that the first commandment was to love God with everything we have, He added , “ And the second is like unto it, “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Matt 22:37).
Paul writes in Gal 5:13-14:
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
James writes, “If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well” (James 2:8).
How much are we to love our neighbor? Jesus answers, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Paul adds, “Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification,” (Rom 15:2). And “ As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” (Gal 6:10). The “household of faith” of which Paul speaks is the same as the Kingdom of God which Jesus said we are to seek first in Matthew 6:33!
We are to love one another as we love ourselves. If we are to love one another as ourselves, we must love ourselves! How much we love ourselves determines how much we love our neighbors. We are created in the image of God, so we must have a deep love for ourselves. There are about thirty-nine “one another” passages in the New Testament, so it is clear that we must have a close relationship with one another.
Now consider, if we are to have a close relationship with Jesus, we must have a close relationship with one another!
Look Forward to the Second Coming of Our Lord.
We have studied the fact that the Lord is coming, and what will happen when He comes (When Jesus Comes back). We must desire that coming. Paul writes in Titus 2:11-13:
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
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