When Jesus was asked which commandment was the most important, He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22: 37). Though this may seem simple, this one commandment entails much.
If you love God with your heart and mind, there are certain thoughts and behaviors we should find unacceptable for us to do (Romans 12: 2). Loving God means we place our absolute faith in Him (not ourselves) and trust Him in times of seemingly impossibilities (Proverbs 3:5, Isaiah 55:8). Genuinely loving God will force you to sacrifice for Him and you may be mistreated because of Him (Matthew 5: 11-12).
Loving God isn’t just a phrase you say or a shirt your wear. Loving God is a lifestyle that will challenge your flesh. You’ll be looked at differently because your actions will look weird to the world. Giving in to your former ways will convict you, leaving you with a pang of guilt until you’ve made it right with God. Loving God is not for the faint of heart. Matthew 22: 14 tells us that “many are called, but few are chosen.” Are you up for the challenge?
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Matthew 22:37-38 (AMP) And Jesus replied to him, “You shall 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.