Why do we put such a huge burden on people? We expect them to give us the peace our hearts desire. Isn’t God the only one that can do this? Still, we place others on a pedestal — and when they fail — we break down or get angry. Is it fair to put this kind of pressure on anyone’s shoulders? You might even do this to yourself — expecting the perfection that only Jesus delivers to your soul.
This doesn’t mean that we can’t trust or depend on others. It doesn’t mean we won’t get hurt. That’s all part of being human. But when the deepest inner core of your being rests in Christ alone, you receive a peace that goes far beyond people and circumstances. It all begins with loving God above all things.
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Jesus answered, “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
“If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.