Matthew 5:17-19 Where is the love?

wp-1465386772999.jpgMatthew 5:17-19
“17 Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
1 John 3:23
“And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.”

How did it get so sideways? How did these words get to the point where people die for them, where they are persecuted for them, where they are denigrated for them? Where is the love?

Think about this for a second: if Christ’s words are of love, why is there so much hate attached to them, from them and trough them? Where is the love?

If darkness is the absence of light, and cold is the absence of heat, then isn’t evil the absence of love? Where is the love?

The commandments, the linchpins, are “37 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And the second is like it: you shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two Commandments depend all the law and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40 Where is the love?

Where is the love of God? Where is the love of our neighbors? I think we know where the love of ourselves is found. Where is the love?

Where did it go sideways? When there’s no love of God first, when there’s no loving our neighbor like we love ourself, when we only love ourself, that’s an absence of love. That absence of love creates the vacuum that allows evil to exist. Where’s the love?

It’s past time to love God first, others as much as we do ourselves, to follow the commandments, to care for the sick, the poor, those who have no freedom and are broken. Into the vacuum we must step, into the darkness of evil we must shine. Where is the love?

So, suppose you hate Christ and everything He stands for, do you love? Do you really love? Liked He calls us to love? So why’s there evil? Where is the love?

God has it figured out better than we do. Let’s go back to the basics of love, to the embodiment of love, Christ. I challenge you to tell me why not. Where is the love really?

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