| ENABLED to LOVE . In Matthew’s gospel, we read that one of the Pharisees, a lawyer, confronted Jesus with a question in order to put Jesus to the test. He asked: “ ‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘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‘ ” (Matt. 22:36–40). Jesus’ response is one of the most foundational teachings in all of sacred Scripture, as it summarizes for us the entirety of the law of God and what our duty is toward God and man. Jesus’ response is astonishingly simple and profoundly comprehensive in all it entails. Upon hearing Jesus’ teaching about loving the Lord with all our being and loving our neighbor as ourselves, we are left feeling like complete failures, for none of us loves the Lord or our neighbor as we should. Yet our ultimate hope is not in our own love but in the love of God for us and the enabling power of the Holy Spirit in us. It is only when we are empowered by God’s love that we are able to begin to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves (1 John 4:7–8). If we truly love God, we will love our neighbor. Although we often hear about loving God, we don’t as often hear about loving our neighbor. And while we can certainly distinguish between these commandments, we cannot ultimately separate them, for we cannot claim to love God while at the same time hating our neighbor. If we truly love God, we will love our neighbor. What’s more, those who attempt to narrowly restrict the identity of who our neighbor is must remember that Jesus also said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of
What an honor it is to get up today and sweat for one of the coaches on our team, Debbie Locke, and her daughter Kyleigh! Kyleigh recently had a lung transplant and it’s been a challenging journey full of ups and downs, joyous moments and scary ones! Ladies, today it is all about YOU!!❤️ I love that our team is about so much more than workouts, nutrition, shakes and meal plans! ❤️We are about coming alongside one another in the real life issues! ❤️ We are about praying for one another! ❤️ We are about supporting one another! ❤️ We are about building one another up! ❤️We are about showing up when it’s hard and we don’t feel like it! ❤️ We are about fighting the good fight together! ❤️ We areabout friendship! ❤️ We are about results! ❤️ We are about lives being transformed from the inside out! ❤️ Please let me know if there is someone in your life that we could pray for, sweat for! We are here for you! ❤️ #teamlt#loveoneanother#prayforoneanother#bethere#coachlife#helathyfromtheinsideout#esm
From Breathing Love:Meditation in Action. This is THE question that keeps me anchored to Love. If I forget the question, my reactive self might take the lead and shift me away from center. But in any moment I can choose to come back - home to Love within. Link to book in bio.