Loved by God to Love Others

          The Ten Commandments are a list of the ten greatest rules that God desired the Israelites to follow under the first covenant. Then God sent His son, Jesus Christ, to this Earth to save all mankind from sin and establish a new covenant with them. The new covenant instituted two great commands that were made to fulfill all previous laws and scripture. Matthew 22:37-40 reads, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

The way people speak can vary greatly from person to person. Especially, during interactions with others they don’t get along with, or are partial toward; children of God may think that partiality is only a minor sin in comparison to murder or stealing. However, when they show favoritism, they are violating one of the two greatest commands. This begs the question: How often does our speech to God differ from the way we talk with others?

            Almost everyone embraces the idea of being filled with compassion and kindness. Yet, when God graciously presents them with the opportunity, that ideal can be the furthest thought in their minds. The Bible describes partiality as, “evil thoughts”  because divisions are created where God has not made them (James 2:1-7). One of the duties as God’s children is to track down, chase away, and guard themselves against all evil. Anything less will encourage sinful thoughts and actions. Romans 2:6-10 states, “He will render to each one according to his works...There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. For God shows no partiality.”

Whether God’s children are giving others their time, advice, or energy, they are supposed to do all with the loving wisdom of God. James 3:14-18 says, “If you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”