So many things parade as love in our society that we have lost touch with what love really is. Think about the TV shows that have used the word love to attract an audience. But is true love portrayed? Of course not. How often do viewers see real, selfless, sacrificial, committed, long-term love on any television show?

Our culture equates love with lust, looks, and feelings. And yet this couldn’t be further from the truth of what love really is.

As believers, we have to know what real love is and how to show that love to others. Why? Because Jesus told us that loving God and loving others are two of our most important duties.

In our reading today, we learn about a lawyer who talks to Jesus. This lawyer was an expert on Jewish religious law. He thought he knew the answer to the question he was asking.

Jesus says that the bottom line, the most important aspect of the law, is to love God with all your heart and then to love others as yourself. Imagine the lawyer’s reaction. He had spent his life studying all the dos and don’ts of the law, and then the Creator of the law condensed it all into two phrases.

Real love should be the attitude of our lives. We should actively work on showing love to others. There are many Christians who know a lot about the Bible, but aren’t known as loving people.

Are you known by your love? Do you show God’s mercy and kindness on a daily basis? I encourage you to show someone His everlasting love today.

It is by loving and by being loved that one can come nearest to the soul of another. — George McDonald

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder