When asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” Yeshua (Jesus Christ) 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 this 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 conversely, when we don’t?
According to Gods’ 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 driven by feelings is as fleeting as the wind. 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 what we believe, what we think, what we say, 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 not to do so. So if love is shown through actions, what actions are needed to show our love for God and 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
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 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” a remnant who chooses to be led by The Holy Spirit to return to obeying His statutes and judgments, to be one with God and love Him through His Word, Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ), 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 Gods’ 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
God establishes a greater relationship with those who obey His greatest commandment by revealing Himself to them through His Son (Mt 5:19). 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 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. The covenant of God defines our relationship with Him and through His Son and by His Holy Spirit. In love and obedience we are raised from Children of God to Sons of God.
Just a Thought… Praise Yah!