Day 30

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:34-40)

 

Believing that they could outsmart and trap Jesus, the Pharisees came up with a question that in their minds was unanswerable.  The Old Testament law was deep and wide.  How could you ever pinpoint the most important command? Yet Jesus’ answer is simultaneously simple and profound: Love God. Love people.

 

Loving God is the ultimate pursuit of our life.  So how do we love God?  Lets take a closer look at what it means to “love” as the word is used in these verses.

 

1. Love: to act passionately, intensely. Love is a verb in this sense. Love is active, so that in every possible way we move for and towards the object of our affection.

2. Love: to be completely at rest, satisfied.  This would mean that you would be simply content in God.

{C}3.  Love: a fixed admiration.  Love that does not change but is diligently focused.

 

Make this your prayer today: God help me to love you with all of my heart, from my inmost being.  With all of my emotions, may I love you.  With all of my soul, with all of my life, may I love you.  Grant me a willing heart to give up all for your sake.  With my heart, soul, and mind say, “I love you.”  I wholeheartedly look to you, the One who first loved me.  

Written by:

Joel Shinpoch

Posted on February 25, 2014 .