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Weekly Moravian Message November 1, 2015

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost November 1, 2015

Love Is All You Need

Hear the commandment that Jesus points out in Mark 12:30: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”

This reminds me of a time when I was on a mission trip with a group of youth. On this mission trip, the theme for the week was the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4). We were given bracelets with the Shema on them in Hebrew. We learned that this verse is placed by the door of Jewish homes as a reminder of this most important verse and how they are to live their lives: putting God first always!

I began to look at life through this lens. If I can always focus on God and love God with all my heart and soul and mind, then in verse 31, when Jesus says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” it is easy to do if I am already focused on God in this way.

When there are things in life that cause us to become bitter, resentful, and rebellious even, we can take time to read this Scripture. It is a hard reminder of the way that we should handle ourselves and treat others. Sometimes it’s hard to hear in the heat of the moment. We become self-centered, and with our emotions taking over we need to remember what really matters to God most.

To love: it is really that simple. Love your enemies; love is the best way to work through anything. Moravians even have a motto about this: “In essentials unity, in nonessentials liberty, and in all things love.” I believe that is what Jesus was talking about in verse 30. Even the Beatles said, “All you need is love.”

Could it really be that simple? Try using it as your lens when you are trying to work through life. Could this be the answer? The Bible mentions love between 200 and 400 times, depending on which version you use. So, maybe love is all you need.

Scarlett Dowdy, program manager, Laurel Ridge Camp and Conference Center, Laurel Springs, North Carolina

Moravian Daily Texts


Monday, May 21 — Psalm 68:1–6
Numbers 9:15–10:36; Mark 12:35–44

Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker. Proverbs 14:31

Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5

Loving God, you sent your beloved son to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, and freedom to the oppressed. Strengthen us to pursue righteousness, justice and peace in gentleness and love, serving you all our days. In the name of your son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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