He said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matthew 22:37-39 NRSV)

How often do we put God first? If we are honest with ourselves, we would have to say not very often. When we have put God first -- great things have happened.

How about our neighbors? Have we loved them as we love ourselves. Now admittedly, with all the counseling I have done, some of us need to love ourselves a whole lot more than we do. We need to be reminded that we are created in the image of God. We are all very important to God. And there are some of us to love ourselves way... too much. But, if we are honest with ourselves, we have not loved all of our neighbors. If we had, then more of them would be in our churches. And yet, when we have love our neighbors: great things have happened, many lives have been touched, and people have come to know Jesus Christ as their savior.

Dear God, push me to be a flowing river of your love. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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