“Love God, Love Others” seems to be the popular, “fuzzy, feel-good” phrase being tossed around modern “Christiandom” these days … but, what DOES it mean exactly? I realize Jesus responded to a question in Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 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. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
In my opinion, the “love God” part is easy. God so loved us, He sent His only Son to take our sins upon Him and die on our behalf so we could spend eternity with Him in heaven. How could I not love Him?! And so “we love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19) And herein is where the “love others” part comes into play. We have recognized, received, and are walking in this awesome, saving love … HIS love … and it’s a love we must extend to others! It’s not a fleshly, human love that is all warm and fuzzy with no truth and no substance … where we offer a cup of water or a piece of bread that satisfies the flesh, but we never share the Gospel – the Living Water, the Bread of Life that will save the soul.
Our love for others can’t compare to what Jesus did for us, but by telling them what He did for them … THAT is how we extend His love. Truly loving others is doing everything in our power to snatch them from the fire. Anything less is not. “Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. And have mercy on some, who are doubting (by showing them what it means to be saved); save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.” (Jude 1:21-23)