Upward Love and Lateral Love
Jesus fulfilled these two commandments perfectly at the cross. Jesus said to His disciples, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” (Jn 14:15) How can we sinful men keep His commandments? Evangelism, evangelism is were both upward love (love of God) and lateral love (love of neighbor) meet at the heart. Upward love expressed in evangelism is worshiping God through faith in Jesus Christ for what He alone has done. Lateral love expressed in evangelism is your concern for the eternal souls of your neighbor. Now draw a mental picture of upward love and lateral love. Do you see the cross of Jesus Christ?