The Greatest Commandment! February 3
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
When I first became a Christian, I was a police officer in Louisiana. I read this verse and it really distressed me. I thought to myself, ‘How can I Love God with all my heart when I have never met Him?’ I went to my friend a sergeant that led me to the Lord, Charles Milstead and asked Him this question, “How do I love God with all my heart when I have never met Him? I met my aunt from far away once when I was a child, and I felt like I was just supposed to Love her, but I didn’t even know her?” Charles just looked at me with a blank stare and said, “I really can’t answer that.” Now I was in a real bind because my sergeant friend was always right and always had the right answers, in my mind he knew everything. That day as I drove my patrol car I came up with a plan. I would go home and get on my knees and pray, until I convinced myself that I loved God.
When I knelt down on my knees that evening I began to pray “Jesus I Love you” and the third time I said it, something began to happen to me, I felt the sensation of a cup of warm oil pour into my head, not on it, but into me. When the oil reached my tongue I could no longer speak, suddenly an audible voice said to me “I Love You too Scott!” I whipped my head around to see who was standing behind me and no one was there.
The voice of God had just spoken to me for the very first time! It was All Powerful, All Wisdom & All Love! And He knew my name!
You would think that I would have been jumping up and down for joy! But I wasn’t, all I could do was say, “Oh My God! Hell is real!” over and over again as the memories of all my near-death experiences began to flood my mind. The time I was stabbed in the chest! The time the cylinder fell out a pistol when the man had the drop on me! The car wrecks! It was like they were flushing out my body! My sins! And God was there protecting me the whole time! And I despised Him! And everything Christ stood for!
But He loved me, Hell is real, and a Loving God had delivered me from it time and time again, and I despised Him, But He loved me.
God Loves you too, and He wants you to Love Him.
He is: Jehovah Rohi
Lord our Shepherd and Friend