John 14:15-31 (NIV)

15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command.  16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.  20 On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.  21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” 22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”  23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.  24 He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.  25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. 28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.  29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.  30 I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, 31 but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave.   

Mark : 12:30-31 (NIV)

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”   

DEVOTION -Bev Hurlburr (Ohio)

Worship at the campground brought those who attended closer together in the name of Jesus. Our surroundings were simple.  We had no fancy pews, sound equipment, or lighting.  Many denominations were represented. We gathered together because we loved God and were thankful for Jesus Christ.

While living the Christian life is difficult – even risky – what it means to be a Christian is actually quite simple:  we are called to love the Lord our God and to love our neighbors as ourselves.  We are called to love the Lord our God and to love our neighbors as ourselves.  When we love God, we want to know God better and to develop a stronger, more personal relationship with the Lord.  The more we work on our relationship with God, the more the Holy Spirit works in us to make us the people God wants us to be.  The more we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, the more we love other people.  If all Christians strive to love God and people, think of the amazing things we can do to further God’s kingdom and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Love God; love people.

PRAYER: Dear God, when our lives get complicated, remind us to focus on the simplicity of your message to love you and our neighbors.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.