When we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, we grow to recognize that everyone is part of His creation


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Modern society is obsessed with the pursuit of love. Sadly, the path of mankind is scattered with the facts of failed love: divorces, shattered families, brokenhearted people turning their backs on God Who is their only Hope of finding love . People are hungry for love, but not only can’t they find it, they don’t truly understand what love means or what they seek. Sadly, many teach a counterfeit “love” that is self-centered and leads ultimately to emptiness.

What the human heart wants is to be taught to experience true Christ-like “agape,” self-giving love, but how many are never taught the truth about love? Jesus told the scribe that the great commandment, which indeed includes everybody, is that of loving God with all our heart. Loving God with all our heart leads us to do everything else He has instructed us to do; particularly, loving our neighbor as ourselves!

How often do we consider hospitality as a genuine form of love and concern for others? We may be hospitable to our guests at home, but do we truly love our neighbor as ourselves? What about people we meet every day or those who live on the streets? What can we do to inspire true hospitality among others?

Is our neighbor more than that guy next door? Could he or she be someone in our community or almost anyone we meet? Could our enemies also be our neighbors? Jesus says that that is exactly what He meant. But how can we love someone who actually hates us? When we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, we grow to recognize that everyone is part of His creation. For us, that is where faith comes in. It is not for us to decide who is following Christ and who is not. We are called to be witnesses to Him and, in order to fulfill that calling, we must love others enough to want their salvation, just as much as Christ does.

 

Pope Benedict XVI  wrote the first encyclical of his papacy to teach people about God’s love for them. He stated: “I wish in my first encyclical to speak of the love which God lavishes upon us and which we in turn must share with others…I wanted here — at the beginning of my pontificate — to clarify some essential facts concerning the love which God mysteriously and gratuitously offers to man, together with the intrinsic link between that Love and the reality of human love” (Pope Benedict XVI, God is Love, 1).

We who experience the burning love of God must constantly teach others to “come to know…the love God has for” them. Most Christians are drawn to Jesus through love. Therefore, teach the truth in love; teach the truth about love; teach them “God is love”.

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