Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Lord tells us, in the Bible, that the first and great commandment is to love God with all you heart, soul and mind.  If this is the first and great commandment then no other commandment needs to exist.  If we loved him to our fullest capacity, His love would guide us to do His will.  If we Love Him then we will want to obey Him unconditionally because we trust him with all of our heart.  If we truly trust Him then fear dissipates, our worries dissolve and challenges are understood.   We then gain knowledge of his abundant love for us and realize that He would not give us a meaningless law to follow.  We would know that He is aware of our needs and that being obedient is in our advantage even when logically it may not make sense in our own mind.  If we love Him we will follow Him without wondering why we should obey any of His laws.  If we love Him with our whole heart, soul and mind why would we even question his ways or laws?

The second commandment is to love our neighbor as our self.  The Lord could have just said to love our neighbor and stopped right there, but he added the part about ourself.  There is equality in this statement.  We love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves.  For those who are more self centered, this means that you need to love your neighbor more than you are already loving yourself.  For those people who tend to take care of the world, it means you need to take a step back and love yourself a bit more.

The problem is that those self centered individuals are less likely to see that they are not loving their neighbor enough and those who serve the world before they take care of themselves are likely to feel a change in their behavior would be selfish.

There have been a handful of people who I have met who project unconditional love and healthy self-confidence in a complete balance.  We are human and may not achieve this total balance in this life but will have opportunities in the next life.  I can only imagine meeting Christ and feeling of His perfectness.  The peace and unconditional love that would come from that meeting would be amazing.  I firmly believe that Emmalee has had this opportunity and know that experiencing the Savior's love will be a spiritual and emotionally healing.        




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