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Sunday, February 1st 2004

7:44 PM

The Great Commandment and the Great Commission

I have come from an evening at which Jack Frost of Shiloh Place Ministries shared. It was good to be with hundreds of men and women for whom it was much more important to focus on the Father's love than on the Super Bowl! This ministry is so valuable because it focuses on relationship as the center of the gospel. It brings many to healing in the love of our heavenly Father who have not felt it from an earthly father. Jack Frost shares about his own history, including many years of ministry productive by many measures but in which he was still caught in trying to perform to receive love, and in which he expected his own family to perform to receive his love. He talks about coming into a deep feeling of his Father's love which transformed him utterly. One observation he made seemed to particularly stick in my head. This was that the Great Commission had been more important to him than the Great Commandment. This skewed priority fed into the performance mentality and drove him in a way that was a barrier to his showing love. Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." -Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV) Love must be at the center. "God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him." (1 John 4:16, NIV) So the Great Commission is spreading the Good News about God's love and helping bring people to the point of discipleship, which is showing God's love in every part of our life. Dear friends, experience God's love, live in God's love, share God's love.
-Bill Samuel
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