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My Greatest Gift To You This Christmas, Is A Healthy Me

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January 01, 2021 | NATIONAL Pastor Fernando Villicana, Correspondent

Matthew 22:36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” v37 Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ v38 This is the first and great commandment. v39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ v40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

In uncertain times, in times where morals are being redefined and so many of the traditional values that many of us were raised with are being re-visited, God speaks to us and provides divine direction. The only two things that God really asks of humanity are encapsulated in the verses we just read. In the Bible, a religious leader asked Jesus: “Which one law in the volumes of writings would you say is the most important one?” Jesus answered: “all the law and all the prophets hang on just two things.” 1) Love God with all you’ve got (with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind) 2) “Love people like you love yourself.”

No matter what generation we find ourselves in - a real loving relationship with God will reduce the need for a long list of laws.

A real healthy relationship with God is what brings everything else into alignment. Loving God orders your world. Loving God sorts out your love life, family life, friendships… Jesus knew that if we got the top button of our shirts right, the rest should fall into alignment. Jesus is teaching all of us that if we love Him with all of our hearts, we would learn from Him how to love others. Here Jesus replaces rules with relationships. So, the best gift I can give someone in my circle of influence is a healthy me. ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself'. If you love people, I mean really care about them, then you probably won’t: steal from them, lie to them, cheat on them, verbally abuse them, cuss them out, hurt them, talk behind their backs… What if we approached this Christmas (Jesus birthday) with a determination and a realization that if I would be spiritually healthy, the people around me will benefit from it. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, Hebrews 10:24

So, the greatest gift to you this Christmas is a healthy me!

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Pastor Fernando VillicanaCorrespondent

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