Relationship: Loving God

Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest? He said to him, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.’
— Matthew 22:36-39

To love God with all heart, all soul and all mind is an invitation to be in a deep, abiding relationship with Him. The Bible tells us that God is holy, powerful, merciful, loving, just, all-knowing, patient, forgiving, true, lovely and good. Is this the God you know? I sure hope so, because this humble and incomplete description of mine is who Jesus says we are to love wholeheartedly.

Our understanding of God deeply affects our connection to Him. We get to know Him more by studying the life of His Son. No human has ever walked this earth that knows God more intimately than Jesus. We see so many examples of how Jesus was in an abiding relationship with his Father*. If we are to love God with every part of our being, we must seek to know who He is.

PERSONAL APPLICATION: Take a minute to write down who you know God to be. Find verses in the Bible that validate your views of God. If there is something you have been believing about God that doesn't line up with Biblical truth, pray over those things. Talk to God about uncovering the false perceptions you have of Him.

*Examples of Jesus seeking time with God: Matthew 26:39, John 5:19, John 5:30, John 6:38-39, John 11:41-43, Mark 1:35, Matthew 14:23, Luke 6:12

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Loving Yourself and Loving Others

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