Jesus’ words and life make it clear that love is always right. It is right for all people, for all places, and for all times. 

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest command­ment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:37-40

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Love: Theme of Life

If your life was depicted in a TV show what would it be like? Friends? The Brady Bunch? The Office? 
Jesus’ entire life could be themed and titled Love. It’s the essence of who He is.

That’s why Jesus commands us to love. The Bible records Jesus saying,
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35, NIV).

Love was the center of everything Jesus did here on earth. He left heaven because of love. He became a man, to experience our humanity, because of love. He filled His life with doing good, because of love. He willingly died for us because of His amazing love. And in resurrecting, He guaranteed that we get to spend eternity in His loving presence.

How are you doing at loving like Jesus?

ACT: The next time you hear a love song, remember the theme of Jesus’ life: love.
PRAY: “Father, I want to love you with my whole heart, soul, mind, and strength. And I want to love the people around me, too. This week help me to show love to_______________________, so that they see You in me, and I can tell them about Your love.”


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Adapted from Your So-Called Life, February 12, One-Year Book of Josh McDowell’s Youth Devotions, February 11. © 1996, 2003, 2019 Josh McDowell Ministry. All rights reserved. Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission.

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