From: Pastor Bright Jamiu

Dear Bro Ferd,

Again,Thank you for your Love and for helping others Love the Lord with the Bibles sent to our church.

When Jesus was asked to name the greatest commandment, He said; "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" (Matthew 22:37). Jesus clearly said the most important thing we can do in this life is to love God with absolutely every part of our being. But He immediately added; "the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:39).

After our love for God, we are called to love others. But at the end of His ministry, on the night before He was crucified, Jesus set a new standard for our love.

John 13:34
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."

Love for others had always been important, but now Jesus called the command "new" and changed the standard from the way we love ourselves to the way He loved us. Why is this significant?

Jesus came into the world with the single purpose of dying for the forgiveness of our sin so we could be restored to a right relationship with God - this is true love; "God so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son ..." (John 3:16). We didn't do ANYTHING to deserve this love. We were completely lost in a world of sin and God looked down on us, and loved us: "God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

This degree of love, poured out for those who are utterly undeserving, is the definition of God's grace. Peter said we are saved by this undeserved love; "it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved" (Acts 15:11). Paul said the same in many different ways: "{We} are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus" (Romans 3:24), and, "it is by grace you have been saved, through faith" (Ephesians 2:8).

The concept of grace is essential in beginning our relationship with God as well as continuing with every step of our journey along His path. But, try as we might, we can never adequately convey the meaning of God's grace with words. We must continue to proclaim His truth through spoken and written words, but in this important area of God's grace, we are given a "new command" to teach through our actions.

We have been given an incredible gift! We are given a gift we can never repay, but a gift we must share. The world is in great need! It's lost and desperate to know the grace of our Lord and Savior. Let's pour out love to those around us in the same manner it was poured out on us - undeserved and without restraint! Let's live out Jesus' new command and, through love, teach the world His grace.

Have a Great Day!

Bright Jamiu

Christ has so many beautiful children, Brother Bright is one ... Ferd@2jesus

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