Scripture: Matthew 22.
Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT)
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)
Sometimes we will hear friends say that it is too difficult to follow the Lord because there are too many rules and commandments. Jesus simplified this for the Pharisees, who thought that they could find excuses for the followers of Jesus. Jesus met the challenge head on by giving them two commandments that, if followed, would help them obey all the law. Friends, when we love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind, we acknowledge Him as Lord of our life and therefore become willing to obey His commands. I believe that it is safe to say that we all love ourselves. Imagine loving your neighbor that much, and then imagine what a peaceful and loving world this would become if we all did the same! Friends, Jesus is our example on how to really live. Do you know Him?
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)
Lord, You have set the perfect example for us and You have taught us in Your Word how we should live. Please help us to be obedient and live our lives accordingly. I know it would make such a difference in this world. Please deal in the lives of Your children, as You have done in my life, and help us to be more like You in every way.
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