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Loving God and Neighbor - Part 6B
God is love. Jesus lived a life of perfect love toward God and others. Jesus commands His disciples to follow His example of love and says, “Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matt. 22:37–40, NIV). It is through loving God and neighbor that we are able to maximize our lives and fulfill all of the commands of God. In our culture, however, the word love has taken on a variety of meanings, many of which don’t resemble the agape love modeled by Christ and described in the Scriptures. If we are to become like Christ and be mature and effective disciples, we need to know what love is, and how to grow in love. The Holy Spirit will help us love if we let Him lead us and He will transform us into people who love as Jesus did. For love is not a feeling, but an action. It is the intent of this study not only to give us a definition of love, but also to inspire us to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
This resource is part of a series on Heart and Mind Discipleship . Click here to listen to the full series
Frog Orr-Ewing, is the Chaplain and Missioner at OCCA The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). He earned his B.A. in Theology/Theological Studies University of Oxford, a M.Th., in Applied Theology University of Oxford, and his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)Theology/Theological Studies King's College London. Frog became the youngest incumbent in the country as vicar of All Saints church in Peckham after a curacy at St Aldates Church in Oxford. Despite Peckham’s many challenges, over seven years the congregation witnessed marked growth and breakthroughs in community engagement and mission. Frog was sent in May 2010 to plant Latimer Minster where Frog is the Rector.