Beyond Sundays-Luke 10:27 January’s WOW

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EL pen Logo with heartLuke 10:27: So he answered and said, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’”

Happy Wednesday and thanks for joining me for our Coffee Hour and what I hope will be the conclusion to our first WOW for 2015 … we’ll see! Grab your coffee and come on in! 🙂

So wrapping up the soul part, let me share one final thought from the Greek concordance which squeezes my heart, and soul, with hope:  “The soul, as an essence, differs from the body and is not dissolved by death”!

So the heart in our WOW refers to the seat of the mind and also the sphere of Divine influence; the soul refers to the “spirit” and the mind, translated to “dianoia” refers to our deep thoughts, the exercise of our minds. Again, three separate parts acting as one.

Let’s move on to the strength part, loving Him with all of our strength. The “strength” refers to our physical abilities and the Greek concordance translates it very matter-of-factly for this particular context:  “power, might, ability; it describes the full extent of the power wherewith we are to love God.”

In other words, to hold nothing back! This is mind-blowing to me because this first part of our WOW is re-iterating that it takes our emotional, physical and spiritual selves to love Him … Just as He loves us with all three parts: His Father first loved us; then He sent His Son to die for us and then He gifted us with His Spirit, that we may love Him back with all our entire being. The light bulb is burning brighter: it is only then that we will be equipped to love our neighbors as ourselves!

But here’s the amazing part: WE AREN’T ALONE! HELP RESIDES WITHIN US!

Whew, I think it’s time to wrap this up with a little summary. There are several diamonds in our WOW that lead us to the three principles about loving your neighbor as yourself:

  1. A lack of compassion is often easy to justify, even though it is never right; in other words, a lack of compassion could stem from a critical spirit which then causes us to put parameters around how we love, leaving out those who need love. Jesus said: the least of these … and there were no other descriptors or conditions!
  2. Our neighbor is anyone of any race, creed or social background who is in need … period! Jesus said in Matthew 25:45, “In as much as you did not do it (show love/compassion) to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.” And when we do act in love by meeting a need, we don’t need to tell them how we feel it would be best used. A gift is a gift. This is going beyond Sundays and becoming doers Monday through Saturday of what we learned Sunday!
  3. Love is more than a feeling; love is a verb, for loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength leads us to and equips us for putting that love to work.

So the next time we see someone holding a sign asking for help, Father, help us not to pretend we don’t see them! When we cross paths with one less fortunate, let us not be as the priest when he came to “a certain man” and determine that neighbor to be less than, or label them an outcast, and then go out of our way to not help. And when You, Abba, go out of your way to cross our path with a stranger needing help, grant us wisdom and discernment that we would not be that Levite who knows your Words, tries to abide in them and by them, however, stares right at and into the less fortunate and then deliberately walks away! Help us to take our faith beyond Sundays and be on the lookout for our neighbors. You have promised us when we’re about Your business, you are all about ours!

Thanks for hanging in there with me as we dissected and digested this month’s WOW! Join me tomorrow for a little light-heartedness!

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One Response to “Beyond Sundays-Luke 10:27 January’s WOW”

  1. Jan Bachelor says:

    Very good WOW blog. It does inspire us to try to love as Jesus loved. A tall and lofty goal that we need to reach for everyday.