Loving God And Loving Your Neighbor As Yourself

Loving God And Loving Your Neighbor As Yourself

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Loving God Is Obeying Him

Loving God is keeping his commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. It’s basing your life on the Golden Rule. It’s treating people like you want to be treated. The Golden Rule is the secret of success in every area of life–in your marriage, in your family life, and in your business.

“Those who know my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me, and my Father will love those who love me. I will love them and show myself to them.”  (John 14:21)

“And now, Israel, what doth the Lord require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I command thee this day for thy good?” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)

“My Son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.” (Proverbs 3:1-4)

 


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The Benefits of Loving God

“Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shall thou be, and it shall be well with thee.” (Psalms 128:1-2)

“And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself.” (1 Kings 2:3)

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11)

“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.” (1 John 3:22)

“Because he hath set his love on me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call on me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”  (Psalm 91:14-16)

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God . . .”  (Romans 8:28)

 

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God Rewards Us When We Obey Him

God Rewards Us When We Obey Him

“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.”  (Jeremiah 17:10)

“The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.” (2 Samuel 22:21-22)

“The Lord rewarded me because I did what was right, because I did what the Lord said was right.” (Psalm 18:24)

“If people please God, God will give them wisdom, knowledge, and joy. But sinners will get only the work of gathering and storing wealth that they will have to give to the ones who please God. So all their work is useless, like chasing the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 2:26)

 

How To Keep God’s Commandments:

But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

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. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:34-40)

 

The Apostle Paul explained it like this:

“Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” (Romans 13:8-10)

f7369db8ecf8ad9a1ee3314ffed26614“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)

When we do forgive people, we’re expressing our faith in God and our love for him. When we stop holding grudges, we’re keeping his commandment to love people.

Holding a grudge is like taking poison and expecting it to kill someone else. Bitterness and takes away our happiness and it also makes us sick. 

Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against any of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:18)

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it“Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”  (Galatians 6:7)

“For the work of a man shall he render unto him and cause every man to find according to his ways. Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.” (Job 34:11-12)

If we judge people and retaliate against them, then God will judge us. And he will judge us to the same extent that we judge others.

“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” (Matthew 7:1-2)

“He that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” (Colossians 3:25)

“Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth, much more the wicked and the sinner.” (Proverbs 11:31)

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done. whether it be good or bad.” (2 Corinthians  5:10)

 

 

 

 

 

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