Most people always try to do what they percieve to be right. The would not be happy with themselves if they continued to take actions that they considered were wrong. Even people who commit crimes do not always do the wrong thing for the wrong reason. Some people, for instance, have robbed a bank to pay medical bills, etc. One might say that two wrongs don’t make a right, but one cannot deny how anger over a wrong can set a person on a course to make it right. The truth is that there are things that we consider absolutely wrong and absolutely right. Culturally, one wrong might be a right in order to survive. Rights and wrongs exist.
Even so, rules and laws seem to be made to be broken. Nobody can maintain the law and the spirit of the law, no matter how hard they try. It is almost as if these impossible rules are there so that we can know how imperfect and incapable we are. I’m thinking about some of the hardest rules. Jesus said that the two most important rules are to love God and love people.
Loving God isn’t as easy as it sounds. How do you love an omniscient, omipotent, and omnipresent being who continually puts you through difficult situations and takes away the people you love? How do you love a spirit whom you haven’t seen, touched, or heard personally? How do you love the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the God above all other gods?
Loving people is no easy task either. We’re untrustworthy, greedy, suspicious, uncaring, unkind, and that’s just us being normal. We’re not much better on our best behaviour and we can get down-right rotten on our worst behavior. It’s a wonder why God loves so much us when we can barely love each other.
Once we understand that God is love, we have to ask him for some of that love in our lives. Our own ability to love is so limited. His is not. It’s more than enough to go around. Once that love fills up our cup and spills over, we’re to put that excess to good use – loving others and loving God.
Right, wrong, rules, laws, and love, we have them all whether we want it or not. How will you show your love for God and other people today?