Love Upward-Inward-Outward


Brian Ray provides a summary of our calling and purpose as followers of Jesus Christ.

“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 foremost commandment.?The second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39

Summarizing our calling and purpose as followers of Jesus Christ is to love our God completely (Upward), to love ourselves correctly (Inward) and to love others compassionately (Outward).

The Supporting Value of Love Explained

Loving God completely is a growth process that involves the personal elements of communication and response. By listening to the Holy Spirit in in the words of Scripture and speaking to the Lord in our thoughts and prayers, we move in the direction of knowing Him better. The better we know Him, the more we will love Him, and the more we love Him, the greater will be our willingness to respond to Him in trust and obedience.

To love ourselves correctly is to see ourselves as God sees us and to allow the Word, not the world, to define who and whose we really are. The clearer we capture the vision of our new identity in Jesus Christ, the more we will realize that our deepest needs for security, significance and satisfaction are met in Him and not in people, possessions or positions.

A Biblical view of our identity and resources in Christ moves us in the direction of loving others compassionately. Grasping our true and unlimited resources in Christ frees us from bondage to the opinions of others and gives us the liberty to love and serve others regardless of their response.

Because we cannot serve two masters, the focus of our heart will either be the temporal or the eternal. If the focus of our heart is the eternal, we will love Jesus Christ above His created goods and pleasures, and begin to fulfill the enduring purpose for which we were created.”

Let us live each day upward, inward and outward so that God’s love flows in and through us.


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