It is one of my favorite things about God - how, when he tells us to do something, it is for us, it is for OUR benefit, it is for OUR good. He's not sitting in heaven watching for someone to follow the rules and then pulling a string to drop blessings on the one who is obedient - the rules ARE the blessing. His commands, the things he asks us to obey, are for US. He doesn't tell us to forgive so a burden will be lifted from someone else - he commands us to forgive so a burden will be lifted from US. He doesn't tell us to be careful with our words simply to avoid hurting other people - he tells us to be careful because the words we use affect US.
And when he tells us to love others - when he says this is the second greatest commandment - it is not only for the people we love, it is for US.Read More