Chris Oyakhilome Explains How Our Lord Has Expanded the Concept of Love!

What's the 2nd greatest command? If you're a believer, a student of Scripture, it's possible that you just said something like "Adore your neighbor as yourself." In the event you did, you'd be right - nearly.

Jesus himself said, "Adore the Lord your God with your entire soul and with all of your heart and with all of your mind. This really is the greatest and very first commandment. And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as Holy Pastor Chris yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39, ESV). And this was Jesus' answer to the inquiry, "Which is the best commandment in the Law?" - referring, naturally, to the Law of Moses.

People come to me, Pastor Chris, as head of Christ Embassy and have questions about the most important commandment. Until Jesus came, the next greatest command as stated in the Old Testament (Leviticus 19) was totally decent. Actually, I presume it was the best we could hope for in terms of loving another human being. This really is The Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12): Do unto others as you'd have them do unto you.

But throw to the mix the reality that sometimes we don't even love ourselves. Sometimes we are able to really fight to enjoy what we are, who we are, and surely what we do. How do we be anticipated to love others if we do really know the way to love ourselves as we love ourselves? There are days when many folks struggle only to be fine to ourselves. So how do we love? The reply is given by Jesus.

(John 13:34, ESV). Jesus has lifted the bar. Not that he's made it harder to love (quite the contrary: With this particular order he also promises to pour out the love of God into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, thus empowering us to love beyond human capacity), but the idea of love itself has been raised!