loveMatthew 22:37-40 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

If we don’t have love, we don’t have anything. Bishop Kenneth Ulmer was speaking at Bishop Jakes Leadership conference. He was talking about how important it was for leaders to have the heart of their pastor. He said, “If leaders have your vision but not your heart they will distort your vision every time.” That is so key! You can have some talented people on your team but if they don’t have your heart, if they don’t have love they will misrepresent the vision. That which was supposed to liberating will become legalistic. That which was supposed to fueled by grace will be limited by laws. Everything we do has to be done out of love.

If you were to consolidate everything in the bible that was important it would boil down to two things:

1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
a. Passion–you have to have passion for what you do for God. I hate to see people who hate what they do.  To be effective you must love what you do and whatever you do work as if you are working for God not man.
b.  Soul–you can tell when someone is just there with you in body. There’s a difference between singing and singing with your soul. Soul work comes from a deep place. Soul work is rooted in prayer.

c. Intelligence–when you love God you put your mind into your work. You don’t just throw something together to say you did something. You study to show yourself approved as a workman who need not be ashamed.

2.  You love your neighbor as you love yourself. You treat people like you would want to be treated not how you were treated. You can’t say you love God and be hateful to people. Jesus touched people. Jesus hugged little children. Jesus payed hands on sick people. Jesus wept. Jesus went to house parties. Jesus loved people. You can’t do Jesus’ work and not love people.

If I had to condense the bible down to its purest element it would be this: Love God more and Love people more everyday.

Dear God,

Help me to get my love language right. It doesn’t do me any good to be intelligent but hateful.  It doesn’t do me any good to sing and not have soul. It doesn’t do me any good to serve people and not be friendly. Show me how to love like you love. You loved me when I was unlovable. Fill me heart, mind, and soul with so much love that today I show love to people I don’t even like.

In Jesus Name,

Amen