Loving God
January 13, 2021

Today’s 333 Devotional: “Loving God”

To love God is actually at the heart of what it means to be a believer in Jesus Christ. It is the greatest of all God’s commandment, and therefore it is the statement of faith for all Jews, known as the “Shema,” or hearing.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

It was with this very law that a Jewish lawyer tested Jesus asking which law was the greatest, to which Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)

Now if this is what God wants first and foremost, the question becomes, “How are we to go about doing it? How do we show it?” We can’t throw our arms around God and give him a great big hug and kiss on the cheek.

I think Jesus knew this, so He gave to us a second commandment as our way of showing God our love for Him.

He said, “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:39)

The way we show God how much we love Him is to love those that God has placed in our path, those that He has placed within our sphere of influence.

And so God’s call upon our lives begins and ends with our loving Him with the whole of who we are, and then loving others in the same way He has loved us, and that is He gave His life for us.

The Apostle John said, “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16)

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

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