Commanded to Love

When asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” Yeshua (Jesus) responded as God spoke through the prophet Moses, as it is written, “You shall love The LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and with all your might” Deut 6:5. With the worlds perception of love, is it possible for someone to really “command” someone else to love? We tend to think that love is something we simply “fall into.” We find ourselves naturally loving some people and not loving others. We see this as normal, as if love has something to do with our chemistry or makeup. Sometimes we tend to love others because they love us and we don’t love those who don’t love us. Just as we fall in love, we fall out of love. How often have we heard it said, “I just don’t love you any more?” With this perception of love, how is it possible for God to “command” us to love? Is it possible that we can control when we love someone and when we don’t?

According to God’s ways, love starts as a choice. We can choose to love someone or choose not to. We tend to associate love with certain feelings, but love is not driven by feelings. Love is driven by choice and manifested through actions. Love is not based on how we feel. Love is based on what we do, and everything we do is based on choice. This is what James was talking about when he wrote, “A man may say, ‘you have faith’ but I have works. Show me your faith without works and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18 Just as faith can only be manifested through works or actions, so love can only be manifested through works or actions. We can’t always choose how we feel, but we can always choose how we act and what we do. In this light, it is not only reasonable for God to command us to love someone, it is also reasonable for us to choose to love someone, and even take an oath to love until “death do us part,” because love is not based on feelings, love is based on choice. If we love someone, it is because we choose to do so. If we stop loving someone, it is because we choose to do so. So if love is shown through actions, what actions are required to show our love for God and our fellow man?

In Scripture, we can understand how to love the God of Israel, as it is written, “Know therefore that The LORD your God is God, a faithful God that keeps the covenant and gives mercy to those that love Him and keep His commandments to thousands of their generations” Deut 7:9. In this passage, we understand that love is defined by covenant, and according to His covenant, to love Him and to obey His commandments are the same thing. More often than not, we find the two spoken in the same breath. Love and obedience to God’s voice and His covenant are one. We see this confirmed throughout Scripture as God speaks through His prophet Moses, as it is written, “And now Israel, what does The LORD require of you? Fear The LORD your God. Walk in all His ways, love Him, and serve The LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul to keep the commandments of The LORD, and His statutes which I command you this day.” Deut 10:12-13  Again, loving God, serving God, and keeping His commandments are inseparable. Elsewhere it is also written, “Therefor you shall love The LORD your God and keep his charge and His statutes and His judgments always.” Deut 11:1

I am convinced that faith can be understood as the knowledge of God’s promises, His love and their power over evil. When we choose to love according to understanding of God’s Word we have been given, God then gives us more faith (understanding of God’s Word) which gives us the knowledge to love even more. The more we love, God continues to increase our faith so that we can love even more if we choose to. As we love, our faith grows as does our understanding of God’s Commandments. The more we love the more we obey God’s commandments and His Word (Yeshua) lives in us. As this process continues through life, we become one with our Father who is God of all, through His Son who is Lord of all and one with God, and by His Spirit who is also one with God. This is the true lifestyle of repentance. In this manner, choosing to love God by obeying and living His commandments truly is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path  Psalms 119:105 that leads us back to God. The Word of God is not a set of words, He is a person, Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth. Obeying God’s Word isn’t a mere action, it is a relationship with God through His Son and by His Spirit of Oneness.

We can understand through the prophets that in the latter days, God will raise a remnant among the children of Israel who will love Him with all their heart and soul. Not by their own strength, or by blind obedience, but through His Commandments and by His Spirit, as it is written through the prophet Ezekiel, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh and cause you to walk in my statutes and you shall know my judgments and do them.” Ez 36:26-27 It is The Spirit of God that will “cause” the remnant to return to obeying His statutes and judgments, to be one with God and love Him through His Word, Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth, The Messiah and Holy One of Israel.

We find the Apostle John in agreement with this, when he writes of Yeshua, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight,” 1Jo 3:22 and elsewhere, “for this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not grievous.” 1Jo 5:3 John also equates obeying God’s commandments not only with loving Him, but loving our brothers and sisters as well, as he writes, “By this we know that we love the children of God. When we love God and keep His commandments.” 1Jo 5:2

Everything we say and do results in a blessing or a curse, either to ourselves or to others. God establishes a relationship of blessings with those who love Him and obey His greatest commandment by revealing Himself to them through His Son and by His Spirit. How can we know if we truly have a relationship with The Messiah of Israel? As John continues, “And here is how we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” 1Jo 2:3-4

The remnant of the children of Israel will choose to love God and show their love for Him by being “one” with Yeshua of Nazareth, The Messiah and Holy One of Israel. Not just through the actions and works of the soul but with the purpose of desiring to love and please God that come from our heart. Obedience to the covenant and Voice of God (Yeshua) defines our relationship with Him which is then manifested by God living in us and through us. I am convinced that when this remnant begins to love God through His Word and by His Spirit, God will use them to not only bless His people, but also to release His judgements in the last days against His enemies. They will have this authority to bless and curse because they have learned how to love and those who love God will be one with God through His Son and by His Spirit. I am convinced that this remnant will fight for the God’s Kingdom, for His Truth, and for those who have been deceived. It will be a glorious victory!

Ultimately, we all manifest the God we serve. The only way evil can win is if good people stand by and do nothing. May The God of Israel Bless The United States of America. – Michael Okulski.org Praise Yah!

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