Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” — Matthew 22:37-40 (NKJV)
Jesus didn’t say we should love this way. He said we shall love this way. There is no middle of the line. When it comes to the Ten Commandments, many say they never committed murder and justify breaking some of the other commandments as being lesser sins. There is no difference in sin. Sin is sin. Period. If we honor the words Jesus spoke about love, we will not break the other commandments. This was God’s wish for His creation.
However, there are no perfect people. We have all sinned. God knew His people were sinners and throughout history, people lost faith, turned against Him, and did evil in His eyes. Just as we do today.
Jesus, the perfect One, the Son of God, came to earth as a man to fulfill prophecy and to die for our sins so we could be forgiven and receive eternal life. What greater love is there than this? God gave His Son’s life for us. For sinners. For people who are evil.
I’m overwhelmed by this. Overwhelmed and humbled. We have been given a second chance. By accepting Jesus as our Savior and giving our life to Him, confessing our sins and asking forgiveness, we are saved. Does this mean we can now go on with our lives, commit sin, and not worry about it? NO!!! If we truly accept Jesus as our Savior, we are born again. We are to turn our backs on sin and live our lives following the scriptures quoted above. Love like Jesus.
We are not perfect. We shouldn’t kid ourselves into thinking we won’t ever sin again. But when we do, we suffer remorse and need to prostrate ourselves before Him to confess and beg forgiveness. This is what makes the difference. Our sins will be forgiven and one day we will be judged by the lives we have led. If your heart is right, you will love as God wants us to, and one day He will say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”