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Seeing life's events in the light of God's Word.

Who Is Your First Love?

 

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Matthew 22:37, 38-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.”

 

God’s Word says that He is to be our first love.

We hear it from the pulpit, Christian radio, conferences, missionaries. 

We hear it in Sunday school and from our parents.

I saw this somewhere on the internet awhile back. (It didn’t give credit to anyone, so I apologize that I cannot do so, here, either). It is a great way to remember this principle:

F – finances

I  – Interests

R – relationships

S – schedule

T – troubles

We are to give Him the pre-eminence above all others. 

First in our thoughts and hearts.

We are to elevate Him in our lives to the highest place…Make Him first in our hearts, souls, minds, and strength.

“And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the first born from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:18

 

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Comforting Others

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2 Corinthians 1:3,4-  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

 

“Mama, Mama! I’s hurted,” Randy runs to his mother’s waiting arms with tears streaming down his face.

Jenny picks him up, sets him on the counter and inspects his skinned knee. “It’s going to be all right, son. I’ll wash it off and put on a bandage. You’ll be good as new.”

Comfort.

Arlene fluffs the pillow of an elderly parent.

Tiffany paints a picture for a classmate who has the mumps.

We listen to the troubles of a  dear friend.

Comfort.

It’s part of what we humans are to offer one another in times of trouble.

Just as Jesus was aware of the needs of others and offered them consolation, He teaches us to recognize the hurt around us and comfort others with the love of Christ.

Today, God is asking me to reach out, specifically, to a friend who does not have a relationship with Him. Mourning the loss of someone close to her, she has no hope for the future. 

“Lord,” I pray, “How does one console someone who doesn’t know you?”

As I read the verses from 2 Corinthians once more, the answer comes: “…with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

 

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