TOPIC : AGAPE – THE NEW TESTAMENT COMMANDMENT
Scripture: Mark 12: 30. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter!
The old Testament that is summarized as the law and the prophets(Matt.22:40) has several commandments which the people of God could not keep.
However, the New Testament has just one and it is a command that drives every other instruction! The obedience of this command helps you to fulfill the law and the prophets and that is our focus for today’s meditation.
What then is a commandment?
According to Merriam Webster dictionary. It is a statement of what to do that must be obeyed by those concerned.
We can therefore define God’s commandments as a statement of what to do that must be obeyed by His children. And every one of us born of God are God’s children:
1 John 4: 4. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
1 John 4: 7. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
Although, violating the command set out by our king(God) might not have immediate consequences but eventually will sure have eternal consequences(1Jn.4:17)!
Therefore the knowledge of our law/command is very important.
It will amaze you to know that the more excellent way which was introduced few days ago as Love is the New Testament law!
It is the driving force that drives every other thing. It is what must be obeyed without complain. Infact, if you can obey this command, you have indirectly fulfilled the ten commandments.
Our opening scripture reveals that this commandment is in two categories :
1. Vertical relationship Command :
Mark 12: 29. And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
This speaks of your relationship with God. In the ten commandment, the first five deal with this. You cannot love God and something else is taking the position of God in your heart!
Your love for God is number one and nothing else should take His place not even the love for your spouse. God must be your all in all in life.
For some persons, it is money that has taken the place of God, to others it is soccer, entertainment, fashion, job etc. None of these should take the place of God in your heart. Whatever takes the place of God becomes your idol.
1 John 4: 8. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
2. Horizontal Relationship command:
Mark 12: 31. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
This speak of your relationship with mankind! The second half of the ten commandment deals with these issues. How you relate with mortal man, and treat them as God’s creation is the reason for this command. If you love man you will not seek to destroy him. Most constitutions that bother on criminalty in different parts of the world are put up because of this, in order to protect human lives.
Beloved, what the Holy Ghost is saying today is, Agape Love which is the more excellent way is a law of our God and is also a commandment which if we obey, will make our life on earth be glorious and in eternity there is a reward.
1 John 4: 20. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21. And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
Remember this : Heaven is real and hell is real. Your rejection of the love of God is your refusal to handover your life to Christ! The result is damnation in hell. Jesus loves you.
– Father thank you for your word to me today
– I receive grace to love as your word commands.
Prophetic Declaration :
– I prophesy the grace to love according to word of God be released upon you now in Jesus name.
– You are blessed
From your brother Alex
God bless you.