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Our love for God our Heavenly Father must be at the center of our lives. Loving Him requires us to love others. It is not one or the other. It is loving God first, and loving others in a way that truly represents the love you have within you for your heavenly Father. The question that still needs answering is can you say you love God whom you have not seen, and not love those you see every day?  Loving the Father means that you love people of different faiths, different ethnicities and those who despitefully use you. “Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Our scripture today is I John 2:15.

“Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.”

In this passage, the writer indicates that our first love should be to God. He writes that they are God’s children and that they should know the Father. He wants them to have a deeper love in their hearts and tells them not to love the world that offers things to then, but to love God more than that. He says, when you love the world, you do not have the love of God within you. Those are strong words. Nevertheless, they are true. We cannot love God and the world the same time or at the same level. Our love for God must be supreme and must be higher than things or people. Yes! I said people; even our gift of family that God gave to us. We should love the giver more than the gift. This takes nothing away from those you love. Your higher allegiance is always to the One who died that you might have life and life eternally. How deep is your love today? How wide is your love today? Do you really love the Father? Only you can answer that. I pray your answer is, “Yes. I love the Lord with all my heart soul and mind.”