Matthew 22:36-40 - Loving God With All Your Heart, Soul And Mind.
Matthew 22:36-40: Loving God With All Your Heart, Soul And Mind.
Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV) "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 22:36-40 (CWR) Teacher, which do you think is the
most important commandment that God gave? The lawyer was hoping
to get Jesus to prioritize Gods laws, then challenge Him on His
reasons for doing so. But instead, Jesus summarized Gods laws.
You should love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul
and all your mind, said Jesus. This is the first and most
important commandment. And the next one is just like it. You should love
and value your neighbor as much as you love and value yourself. You
see, the entire law rests on both these principles because theyre
interrelated; you cant separate them.
God in Our Thoughts
While studying about being closer to God, I was reminded
today that He is only one thought away at all times. We can be with
God anytime by simply thinking about Him. God wants as to think
about Him, and His thoughts toward us are more than the grains of sand
on all the beaches in the world (see Psalm 139:17-18). Those are a
lot of thoughts!
It is in our minds that we live in conscious interaction with
God. We can bring Him close at anytime by conversing with Him or
thinking of Him. I sometimes stop what I am doing and simply think, God
is here right now! Then I take a moment to realize what that means
to me. God is with us, but if we never or rarely bring that into
our conscious awareness, it is as if He were not there at all.
Some things to consider thinking about would be the last
special thing you can remember that God did for you or all the blessings
in your life. We can also think about His character. He is good,
just, merciful, forgiving, long-suffering, patient, and wise, and He
is actually a lot of fun to be with! God is your friend, so I
recommend thinking of Him often and talking to Him about anything and
everything! He is always interested in you and what you have to say!
Father, I want to live in and enjoy Your presence. Help me do
so by talking to You all the time and thinking of You often. [My
Time with God by Joyce Meyer]
What Life Is About
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your
soul and with all your mind Love your neighbor as yourself."
Matthew 22:37, 39
One day Jesus was walking down the street, and a man came up
and asked, "Lord, what's life all about?"
Jesus told him life is all about love. It's not about
accomplishment. It's not about acquisition. It's not about popularity, power, or
prestige. It's about love. It's about relationships. You can summarize all
of life in two phrases: love God with all your heart, and love your
neighbor as yourself. This is called the Great Commandment: make the
connection with God, and make the connection with others. If you don't have
those two loves, then you miss the purpose of life.
Sometimes we get wrapped up in urgent things that have
nothing to do with love. By contrast, our goal should be to build our
lives on a foundation of love. As Mother Teresa said, "Do ordinary
things with extraordinary love." How can you reach out in love today?
If you focus on love, you'll live a full life and influence
others for Christ far beyond your expectations. [The Daniel Plan
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782
Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE
Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David DeRose, MD, MPH:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies: http://www.liftingupjesus.net/
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Discover Bible Studies: http://studies.itiswritten.com/discover/
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies: http://www.bibleresearch.info/
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug Batchelor:
Restoring The Power by John Bradshaw:
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet:
Last Day Prophecy: His Other Sheep by Pastor Gerald Babanezhad: