by Wally Fry
Tuesday, September 24
The Mercy and Love of God
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me,” Exodus 20:3.
In answering the Pharisees, “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” (Matthew 22:37, 38). In His explanation to the Israelites of His expectation of them regarding their love for Him and His place in their lives, God was also quick to show them just how much He loved them. As He always had done, God had shown this by His care and protection of them as He brought them out of the Egyptian captivity.
God has set the example for us in this matter; we are to love as He loves us. We have a problem, however; our problem is that we cannot love the same way He does. We cannot do that in our natural states because we are self-centered sinners by nature and by choice. As we are, we are not capable of showing the love He desires that we show. What then is the solution?
The solution is that we put our love for ourselves aside and love Him first and foremost. We can only do this because He first extended that love to us. Because He did that, we have a choice; we can return His love or we can reject it. Our acceptance of His love results in our salvation, and a new person who can love our brethren as He loved us.
JUST A THOUGHT: God’s mercy and grace toward us are infinite. How far does ours to others extend?