Monday, 03 March 2014 13:55

The Key to Life

Written by  Teman Knight, Heritage Baptist Church
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Life is about relationships, and these relationships are the framework of our lives. God created us to have a relationship with Him. Our relationship with God must be the priority of our lives. Relationships in marriage, family, church, school, the work place, and our community serve as the platform for glorifying God and for serving others. Jesus reminded us that the key to good relationships is love.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40 NIV).

 

Life begins with our love for God. Loving God is the only appropriate response to His great love for us. Paul said, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8, NIV). A love like that demands action—entering into a life changing relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. Our love must follow His example; as He gave all for us, we must surrender all of ourselves to Him.

 

We must love Him more than any other person or any other thing.  Jesus said, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life--he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26).

 

Jesus did not mean that we should hate our families; instead He is teaching us that our love for God should be so great that in comparison even our love for these special people should look like hatred. Do you love God more than any other thing? Do you love Him more than money, possessions or popularity? Jesus taught that we cannot serve two masters. We cannot love Him and money at the same time. We must choose one or the other. We must love Him with all of our hearts.

 

Our love for God calls us to love each other.  Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35). 

 

Unfortunately, we are known for fighting with our brothers more than loving them. This breaks God’s heart. If it upsets us when someone mistreats one of our children, why does it surprise us that God is displeased when we mistreat one of His children? We must learn to love each other and help each other as we walk through life together. Hebrews 10:24 states, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”

 

We have been called to not only love God and other believers, but also to show God’s love to the world.  God has given His church the mission of sharing His love and the hope of the gospel with those around us. How do you show God’s love to your neighbors? Do you love them enough to tell them the truth about Jesus and lead them into a life changing relationship with Him?  We need to love them just as Christ has loved us. Love is the key to building a relationship with them. Relationships are necessary if we are going to lead others to Jesus.

 

My prayer for the believers in the River Region is the same as my prayer for our family of faith at Heritage Baptist - that we will be known as people who love God, love each other and who are sharing God’s love with the world.

 

 

Dr. Teman Knight is the Pastor of Heritage Baptist Church on Perry Hill Road in Montgomery. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary extension centers in Birmingham and Montgomery. Teman and his wife Darlana have a son Jay and a daughter Alana. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

 

 

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