Scripture’s exhortation to love would be much easier if it read…“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 DOG as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments (not quite Matthew 22:37-40). Yes, we love people—at least we want to. But people are much more complicated than the always-welcoming, always-forgiving, always-grateful dog. Relationships are…The best of life. The greatest pleasure. Relationships are…The worst of life. The greatest pain.
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