Years ago when I was having an early morning quiet-time, the Lord appeared to me and told me these words: “For the greatest commandment is love. Love others as you love yourself… love. Love the brethren! It is so important that you love each other…”
Since then, His Spirit has taught me how we are to fulfill this:
Love God More
We can love our neighbor if we love God more than anyone and anything.
Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which [is] the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:35-40
The greatest command is to love. But notice there is an order on how to love: God first and then man. When we love God above all, the things He commands us to do can easily be fulfilled such us loving our neighbor. I’m not sure which preacher it was who once said, “There is no burden too great for the one that you love.” You can do anything for someone that you love. Make that someone God and loving your neighbor will be uncomplicated.
Love Through Love
Yet we are incapable of loving others without Jesus. He said,
As I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:34
To love one another is a command, but to love like Jesus we need Jesus Himself to love through us. So He says,
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me…for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:3,5
Loving can only be done through continually abiding in Love (Jesus). Without His indwelling Spirit (of Love), we can do nothing.
Seek to Know God
As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. John 15:9
There was and is a close relationship between the Father and Son, and Jesus so desires the same with you and me. This relationship is one of Love.
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. (1 John 4:8)
Notice the word “know” in the above scripture? If we know God, we know Love, and are compelled to love our neighbor because we know Him, who is Love. The more we seek to know God, the more our hearts will be fixed on Love. The same Love we experience in Him can then be poured out to our neighbors.
Make sense? It all goes back to Christ. We love others because we love Him, but are only able to love through Him, Who is Love.
Remember what Jesus said,
By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:35
When we love each other, the world will see Christ. Who knows if such love will change their hearts as it did you and me when we saw Him on the Cross?