Mark 12:29-31 Love God and love others.
John14:15, 21; 15:10; 1 John 4:20-21; 5:1-3
Romans 13:8-10; Hebrews 6:10 To love God, loving others is not optional.
The love cycle -- God loves you -- you love God - you love others
The ADC’s of loving your neighbor -- Accept God’s love; Die to self-interest; Compassion
Accept God’s love (Love begins here)
Ezekiel 16 and Hosea 2 Allegory of Yahweh’s love to an unfaithful bride
1 John 4:10 and 19 We love because He loves us. You cannot love others like Christ did without accepting God’s love for you.
John 5:19-20 The Father loves the Son.
When we accept God’s love, we find ourselves. When we understand and accept God’s purpose, we find our own purpose.
Die to self-interest
Matthew 16:21-26 When we do not find self-worth in God’s love, we will always be tempted to find it elsewhere. The human tendency is to manipulate people and situations to feel good about self.
To love like Jesus loved, we must die to self, eliminating the desire for acceptance or validation from others.
Matthew 9:10-13; Colossians 3:12 Compassion is empathetic concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.