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you that, I canít. To Jesus, love meant the same thing it meant in Deuteronomy.

Remember today we talked about what John wrote in John 14:15 he said, "If you love me, you will obey what I command."

When I was in high school and college I was really big on the counter culture. I dressed differently, acted differently; listen to music that I knew would drive my parents bonkers, I even wore two different color shoes just so I could get a reaction. My mom used to walk into a clothing store and find the ugliest thing in the store and buy it for me, she knew I would love it.

In College I had a moment of reality. Some rebellious friends of mine and I were at a youth rally, and we were goofing off during a break and this older man came walking by staring at us. I knew what was going to happen, it happened all the time, he would make some derogatory comment about how he didnít know what this world was coming to and we would say something spiritual like, well Jesus loves us anyway.

But this time thatís not how it happened. When he got to us he said, ďHey guys do you want to be rebellious, counter-cultural, unusual, distinct, extraordinary, and down right weird?Ē No one had started this way with us before so he had my full attention. He then looked at us smiled and said ďIf thatís what you want love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. The world just wonít get it.Ē

You know he was right. When we love the Lord with all weíve got, we will definitely be counter culture, and people will think we are a little off. But I would rather be off from the world then at odds with God.

Well if the greatest command is found in John 14:16, "If you love me you will keep my commandments."

Then the second must be found in John 15:12; "My command is this: love each other as I have loved you."

It would seem from reading the scriptures that the best way to love God is to love Godís children. To be, as Agatha Burgess put it, a person who lives by the side of the road - someone who is a friend to people.

You guys understand this better than you think you do.

When I was in college I spent a summer working with the Leonard Street Church of Christ in Pensacola Florida, as a youth intern. It was a wonderful summer and I got to live with the Reneí family. My parents came down for my birthday and when they arrived, the first person my mother hugged wasnít me, but Mrs. Reneí.

She stood there for the longest time thanking her for taking care of her son, for worrying about him, for holding him accountable, for making him keep his room straight, for loving him. My mother felt loved by that family because that family loved me.

The best way to show your love to someone is to love their kids. I didnít understand it that summer day in Pensacola, but I do know. You want to win my friendship, my affection? Be good to my boys. And I believe the same could be said for everyone here.

When Jesus was asked which is the greatest commandment,
Mike Shreve
May 1, 2011
Love it Brother!! God Bless