36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with your entire mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
In the bible and scriptures there are an amazing amount of lessons, teachings and things to learn. After reading and studying for many years, it seems to me that it all comes down to this scripture above (Matt. 22:36-40). It’s pretty simple, love God; love each other. There are many scriptures that teach and discuss this subject, let us look at a few.
15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
We are told to continually please God and it is a two-step process.
1) Praise and give thanks to God….and this is on a continual basis.
2) Do good and share with others … this pleases God, who will then bless us.
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
This is where we need to dig in a bit, where it begins to get harder. The people in your circle who are mean, talk badly about you, or just aggravate you by living. God now wants us to help them in the “spirit of gentleness,” and now the punch line - because you’re no better than them….Ouch!
"Bear one another’s burdens," meaning help everyone however you can, and if you think you’re somebody, than think again!
So, lets say we do all this to the best of our ability, then what?
32 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
In Conclusion: Do good, lend stuff, and money (hope you don’t get it back) and great will be your reward. God doesn’t think like us; that is why we can’t be led by our own thinking no matter how smart we think we are.
37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
The only way we will help an un-repentant person or a poor example of a Christian is to release them from our judgments. Here is the ultimate pay off, when you stop judging them and only then you are released from the judgments against you. Finally the side effect of living a no judgment life is that the blessings and help from God will rain down upon us. There by proving the old saying that “it’s better to give then receive”.
One last thing:
If I help myself, I am rewarded for the effort I exert in the same amount.
If I help you, I am rewarded by God above and beyond anything I could do for myself.
I wonder which is more beneficial for me?
We bless You and thank You for Jesus and the Holy Spirit in our lives.
We ask in the Name of Jesus, that our hearts and minds would be opened to the understanding and things of God.