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.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40
It’s easy to see what’s wrong in the world and complain about it. (Trust me, I could give a detailed list.) It’s even easier to see what’s wrong in my life and complain about it, but I think I try too hard to abstain from the darkness instead of pursuing the light.
We all know what this is like, right? Just look at half, if not all, of the Ten Commandments. Don’t do this. Don’t do that. We’re so used to abstaining from all the bad stuff, but then we find ourselves without a purpose. You know what the greatest command is, though? It’s to love. It’s a call to action.
For a while I kept trying to stop bad habits, but earlier tonight I realized I needed to pursue love more. As Paul says in Galatians 5:6, faith expresses itself through love. If I have faith, it will express itself in love.
If we’re struggling with sin in our lives, we need to stop trying to only avoid it. Instead, we need to drop everything we’re doing and pursue love itself: Jesus.
Then there will be freedom.