October 15, 2020
When Jesus was asked which commandment was the greatest, He responded (Matthew 22:37-38)
“‘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.”
Paul also confirms the importance of love in Galatians 5:14 where he states that the entire law is fulfilled by keeping the command to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
That’s it! That’s all God wants from us! To love Him and love others, then all the other commandments will naturally follow. When I first came to this realization, I began to wonder how the bible defined “love”. There are so many scriptures that I can reference, but my life scripture is I Corinthians 13:4-8 because it gives such a beautiful description of love in the form of an action.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no records of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but it rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always, trusts, always, hopes, and always perseveres. Love never fails.
For me, it is so easy to get caught up in myself and in all the things I have going on, or the things that I am feeling, or the things that I want – lots of me and not a lot of anyone or anything else. So when I read the scriptures from Matthew and Galatians, I am motivated to love better, and I Corinthians 13:4-8 keeps me grounded in what that should look like. The Word says we love because He first loved us (1 John 4:19), and that everyone will know that we are His disciples by how we love one another (John 13:34-35 paraphrased). I want to love you and love others well. When I am faced with conflict, or a parenting decision, or just a hard decision, I do my best to reflect on my life scripture.
Based on James 1:27, Fish Co. has chosen to be intentional about loving on women and orphans. They love with their actions. Through your donations of time, money, and talents (including all of our wonderful prayer warriors), God continues to amaze us with how He provides at just right the time!
One of the orphanages that Fish Co. supports in Haiti is in desperate need of a new building. This will provide a space to house both the orphans and Makencia’s family under one roof. It will also allow her to have quicker access to the orphans and a safer environment, compared to the current situation where they are housed in multiple structures.
Would you prayerfully consider how you can join Fish Co. to accomplish what God has called us to?
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